Dominica calls for action on climate, environment at UN

Baron used the damage caused by TS Erika as example of the urgency of addressing climate change
Baron used the damage caused by TS Erika as example of the urgency of addressing climate change

As the world sharpened its focus on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it must recognize the stakes for small island developing States, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Dominica she said at the United Nations’ General Assembly’s seventy-first session over the weekend, noting that the 2030 Agenda must drive action on climate change, environmental protection and access to clean energy, all critical concerns for Caribbean countries.

“Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals is not about ticking boxes, but about making a real difference,” said Francine Baron, who stressed that the effects of climate change continue to impact development in her region, as countries are experiencing more severe and prolonged droughts, often times followed by sudden and high volumes of rainfall which result in massive soil erosion and catastrophic loss and damage.

“Likewise, the ongoing phenomenon of beach erosion, destruction of coral reefs – so vital to our tourism product and the character of our islands – risk untold damage, to our prized tourism assets,” she said, calling for more urgent and wide-ranging action “to ensure our very survival.”

In this regard, she looked forward to building on the momentum generated by the Paris Agreement ahead of the next meeting of the States Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in Marrakesh next year.

As an example of the urgency of the issue, Baron noted that Dominica had been painfully reminded of that in 2015, when Tropical Storm Erika had killed 30 of its citizens. That event had caused economic damage estimated at $483-million, the equivalent of 90 per cent of national gross domestic product (GDP), she recalled.

While Dominica has since made great strides in building more climate-resilient and adaptive infrastructure in a process facilitated by the support of bilateral and multilateral partners, it “still suffers the disproportionate burdens and impacts of climate change,” which hamper its efforts to develop in a sustainable manner, she said, adding that resources intended for sustainable development programmes have instead been shifted to post-disaster rehabilitation efforts.

Dominica, therefore, continued to call for the establishment of an international natural disaster risk fund, she said, describing the Caribbean Risk Fund and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Disaster Recovery Facilities as “good starting points.”

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15 Comments

  1. D Fenestrator
    September 26, 2016

    I guess Loreen was busy shopping.

  2. Sarah
    September 26, 2016

    I have tried to find a logical reason for all this happening as not being a coincidence, but the coming together of a bigger plan that has been planted centuries ago, starting from World War One to implement the League of Nations, World War Two to convince the public that it needs the UN which is going to avert world wars now. Not to mention the creation of communism which later logically led to atheism, in countries that were before ruled by Christian values. Hollywood and celebrity culture which is curiously dominated now not by diversity and individuality, but by sex and violence as a standard means of expression.

    I don\’t think it is a coincidence, a random result of bad choices made by random individuals. If we assume it is all a coincidence then there is not much we can do to prevent similar things happening in the future, but if we try to find the logic behind all that \’randomness\’ and understand the hidden connections, we might have a better idea how to fight it,…

  3. Sarah
    September 26, 2016

    I have tried to find a logical reason for all this happening as not being a coincidence, but the coming together of a bigger plan that has been planted centuries ago, starting from World War One to implement the League of Nations, World War Two to convince the public that it needs the UN which is going to avert world wars now.

  4. Sarah
    September 26, 2016

    If you look deeper, it looks like just another part of a bigger plan being put in place (along with the UN Climate Change initiative – including weather control and modification -, the growing influence of the Catholic church over both religious AND worldly matters, growing general terror alert and the general clampdown on \’conspiracy theorists\’ who dare suggest that governments themselves might be the biggest creators of terror, as well as the general clampdown being implemented by the UN on the free Internet).

  5. Titiwi
    September 26, 2016

    Roger, my friend, I will be waiting too. But don’t be in a hurry. Word has it that she has been told in no uncertain terms by Buckingham Palace to tone it down ,lest she brings the office of the Commonwealth in further disrepute.

  6. Stalin
    September 26, 2016

    Baron made me ashamed to associate myself with Dominicans, she does not know the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that is supposedly synthesizing the best scientific data on climate to come to a “consensus” about climate change has been getting less and less sure about ECS as time goes on.
    As a presentation at the London Climate Change Conference earlier this month demonstrates, this is likely due to the fact that four specific mathematical errors have been found in existing ECS models, and once the errors have been corrected it turns out that actual ECS is between 1.3 and 1.7 degrees Celsius, far lower than the IPCC currently predicts (between 1.5 and 4.5 degrees Celsius). You people only big in Dominica but are a laughing stock to the international community.

  7. Who is Behind Climate Modification
    September 26, 2016

    Ms. Baron, you are bleating to the culprits themselves. Here, the US Air Force openly admits to having the technology to control the weather via HAARP.
    http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/bombshell-as-air-force-openly-admits-haarp-successfully-controlled-the-weather-video/

    And here, too, they explain how they are doing it: http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-ultimate-weapon-of-mass-destruction-owning-the-weather-for-military-use-2/5306386

    And, this is CERN telling us that the global warming propaganda is wrong: https://climateviewer.com/2016/06/03/cern-cloud-conundrum-earth-not-warming-as-quickly-climate-models-are-wrong/

    And here is how they use HAARP and CERN to manipulate earth\’s weather and to ultimately destroy us all.
    http://sgtreport.com/2015/04/geoengineering-cern-darkness-is-being-unleashed-on-this-world/
    Via your FreeMason bosses, you are buying into this UN satanist plan to destroy the earth and blame us for doing so and then depopulate us.

    Sleep well!!

    • Tjebe fort
      September 26, 2016

      I think Dominica itself is guilty because we building big hotels in Portsmouth area without even having a sewage plant. Francine you are talking about the loss of coral reefs, go and check where these hotels are going to dump their effluent. And what has your government ever done to regulate and control quarrying activities in our island. You are a bunch of hypocrites. And wasn’t it you yourself drafted legislation to remove protection from the Cabrits national park, I am really vexed now.

    • Mosquito 1
      September 26, 2016

      PROFESSOR, may I ask you why is it the US air force can’t stop hurricanes and tropical storms, just asking?

      • Hurricanes on Tap Courtesy of CERN/ HAARP
        September 27, 2016

        They are creating them numbnuts :)

  8. Malgraysa
    September 26, 2016

    I listened to Hon. Baron’s address. She also said that our agricultural production suffered a dramatic reduction over recent years because of climate change. I agree that our output has dropped steeply but cannot concur that this is due to climate change but more to neglect by govt. However, her statement is also diametrically opposed to the view of our Minister of agriculture, who keeps insisting that our agricultural sector is thriving.
    I also heard her laud Cuba, China and Venezuela but not a word of our main benefactors the E.U. That is a poor manners and downright insensitive and rude.

    PS. Why did she deliver the address and not Roosevelt Skerrit as scheduled?

  9. Sarah
    September 26, 2016

    So there we are. Ebola scare didn\’t wash with people, but the UN Climate Change scare, change generated by USA weather modification programs worldwide, is.

    Climate change initiative which gave grounds to UN\’s Agenda 21, is not a plan for the salvation of the world. It is an excuse to start rounding up on people even more than ever before. CO2 emissions warm the planet up – stop driving cars! Breathe less! Or, at least, produce less kids who will
    do so (see Zika\’s plan and Georgia guidestones).

    To be honest, in my humble opinion if you look deeper that could just be another part of a bigger plan being put in place (along with the UN Global Police Force initiative, the growing influence of the Catholic church over both religious AND worldly matters, growing general terror alert and the general clampdown on \’conspiracy theorists\’ who dare suggest that governments themselves might be the biggest creators of terror.

    Funny enough, see to the Scriptures. It all has…

    • Kissing the Behind of the UN Devil
      September 26, 2016

      Sarah, you are so right. It’s all as the bible predicts.

      Regarding globalising police, in Milan, Italy, Chinese police officers are now patrolling the streets with Italian police officers. In Essex, UK, Polish Police Officers are patrolling the streets with UK policepeople. Jut for starters!!.

      The SCN network of the UN – its global police force is now active in most US cities, London, Spain, and practically all of europe. The SCN is guided by a branch of the CIA and is mandated to spread globally and quickly. It’s remit is to share information about citizens and to crack down on extremism in any form. Extremists it defines as including those opposed to communism and fundamental Christians!!!!!

      We are sleepwalking our way to hell under the blind leadership of the Skerritt regime. A truly awful state of affairs.

      • Tell the Truth
        September 26, 2016

        Everyone has an opinion. As it is stated, “As many heads there are, it is as many opinions you will get.” God knows there are many more these days.
        You know criminal elements have increased. They are more bold as ever. These countries need help from other countries that have the capability to control crimes. This is what is needed in the entire world. Dominica is no exception. You will also benefit from it.
        Those who complain the most are those who do nothing.
        Live well. Do what you can for your country, for nationals.
        Let go and let God. In his time, he will do what he has planned to do from the beginning of time to the end of time. Live at peace and with everyone.

  10. Roger Burnett
    September 26, 2016

    I await with bated breath the ‘Building Back Better Expo’ that was announced on the 1st of April by Baroness Scotland and scheduled for later this year.

    The Baroness claimed that, “The expertise that we would have made available to us during this expo will be second to none (and) together we will do something quite extraordinary which has never been seen before”.

    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/general/baroness-scotland-launches-project-for-disaster-resource-center/

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