President of Dominica calls for greater commitment from larger UN countries to help fund resilience programmes of smaller states

President of Dominca, Charles Savarin

President of Dominica His Excellency Charles Savarin has issued a call to developed partners in the United Nation family to provide greater assistance by way of funding to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in their quest of building resilience. His comments came while addressing the UN’s seventy-seventh session of the General Assembly last evening -September 21- which was held under the theme ‘A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.’

Speaking on the theme, the president noted that it is “analogous” to the approach and trajectory outlined by the UN towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which each member state has individually embraced as the ideal to be universally pursued and achieved by 2030. He however stressed that SIDS are more challenged than most to achieve these goals. “The international community has pledged its support; however the question is to what extent has tangible support been forthcoming,” Savrin questioned. “The challenge is to go beyond promises, commitments, and pledges and to effective delivery and implementation.”

Savarin went on to declare that given the present threat that the world is currently facing, more decisive, sustainable, and corrective action needs to be taken to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere. “For this very reason we continue to champion the call for collective global action to build the resilience of our Small Island States to natural disasters which are triggered and exacerbated by our changing climate,” he said. “We must lay a path for development that is sustainable and people-focused,” Savrinadded.

According to the President, over several years SIDS like Dominica have stood at this very podium, and many across the world seeking to convince the developed world to change destructive practices that threaten the planet, lives and livelihoods. Yet he opined that “despite our best efforts, not enough corrective action is being taken, not enough support is being given to us to adapt and build resilience to the impacts of climate change that are already upon us.”

As such, the President called on developed partners in the UN to recognize and accept their responsibility which he believes should translate to a commitment to provide the funding that is required to enable our small states to become resilient. “This must be readily accessible and available to all of us on grant and concessional terms with the only criteria for access being our vulnerability to extreme weather events,” he said.

In light of the threat that the world face against global warming, Savarin reiterated Dominica’s call to the international community to prioritize at cop27 the disbursement of climate financing to SIDs and to support their adaptation and resiliency efforts. He remarked that such action will reflect more equitably and justice-oriented responses toward fulfilling the goals and promises of sustainable development. Furthermore, the president stated that the continuous call for higher levels of commitment toward climate justice must be reflected in tangible and effective responses.

He took the opportunity to commend the Government of the People’s Republic of China for its commitment to add a further 42 billion dollars to the new global development and South-South cooperation fund which he states will assist countries like Dominica that are on the front line of the negative impacts of climate change to accelerate the realization of the 2030 agenda.

During his speech, the head of state expresses concerns for the people of Haiti which he states demands greater international attention. Savrin pointed out that Haiti, which was once the wealthiest colony in the Americas, has now been reduced to being the poorest country in the western hemisphere, mainly due to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake which struck the country in 2010.

With an estimated 1.3 million people suffering from food insecurity in Haiti and some 4.6 million from limited access to basic food supplies, Savrin urged the United Nations family to forge an effective unified response that brings to bare the necessary resources- “financial, technical, human and otherwise”- to alleviate the sufferings of the Haitian people.

In addition, the president noted that the severe and voluminous impacts of the various challenges that Dominica and the rest of the region have been experiencing in recent times highlight the importance of multilateralism. “As we raise the various issues confronting our individual states and share our hopes fears and expectations let us seek also to offer solutions to our various problems as a united international community eager to realize a sustainable transformative and fairer future for all,” he encouraged.

He went on to place on record his gratitude to all the international partners and friendly governments who have stood beside Dominica “particularly through our darkest days,” as he declared that “our journey is one of building back better sustainability and resilience and with your continued support we look forward to a brighter future in the days ahead.”

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13 Comments

  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    September 24, 2022

    Savarin, don’t you think you all in Dominica are taking this resilient crap to damn far?
    You are actually talking fart!
    It might be okay to keep spreading this false and stupid propaganda that you all are building resilient houses, and even growing resilient agriculture plants in Dominica, and also have resilient old (aged) people in the country who cannot die!
    Don’t you think you are making a fool of yourself talking such nonsense?
    Prove me wrong that there is some technology in any modern country in the world being utilized to produce and manufacture the resilient crap you and that corrupted crook Roosevelt are talking about.
    Since the last hurricane which devastated Puerto Rico, they built a bridge; last week when Hurricane Fiona went through Puerto Rico; we saw the flood of rising water from the river, simple lifted the bridge and carried it away.
    Poor Dominica has resilient technology, the United States with all type of building science does not!
    Man stop your…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      September 24, 2022

      Con:
      “President of Dominica His Excellency Charles Savarin has issued a call to developed partners in the United Nation family to provide greater assistance by way of funding to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in their quest of building resilience.”(Charles Savarin).
      Charles, that is the biggest bit of bull-crap a person in a sound mind could speak!
      It is only in Dominica you all talk that bull; I suppose even the African nations in the UN may have asks what the hell is he talking about?
      You are a joke!
      Which are the developed partners do you and Roosevelt have in the UN?
      Let me show you the purpose of the United Nations: ” The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization whose stated purposes are to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.”
      The protocol said nothing abut handouts to you and Roosevelt!

      • September 27, 2022

        Another Telemakak talking bull-dust. You will never be the President of Dominica. Not on this earth, even if your grand uncle was related to Queen Elizabeth. Who else are your folks related to? King Charles?

  2. Marty
    September 23, 2022

    You mean help fund Greed. All those countries are getting wise now. The government of DA has fooled them for to long. DA is a bottomless Barrel!

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    • September 27, 2022

      Skerrit has no choice especially when he realizes that his only people who are out there criticizing him are just as poor as a homeless person. When he cannot get help from Marty, he is only left with one choice – head for overseas. Marty fooled him all these years only to find out he was wasting his time with Marty. Poor Marty. I wonder where Lennox Linton would be getting the money from if we were to put him in power right now? He would have been another Ugly Willie.

  3. dissident
    September 22, 2022

    that’s your last speech at dat podium as President.
    boy we better consider ourselves lucky you can’t be there till you croak over.
    you know…..I don’t believe a word of it……and de people he addressing can’t tell how sincere he is any way
    what a loser……in his old days

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      September 24, 2022

      I will not agree he is a looser, considering his monthly salary!

      The man is a multimillionaire, he is holding a secret over Roosevelt, and that is why Roosevelt will not screw with him, and appoint someone else, he will remain as long as Roosevelt is prime minister, or die in the position, he is 79 years old.

  4. Labor voice
    September 22, 2022

    Let me throw this out there in passing:
    A heartless animal working for his boss Satan and will do and say anything Satan wants him to do or say, while Satan himself is afraid of any shadow or resemblance of the US because he knows he is wanted.
    But you heartless anymal was speared but you seem to have hardened your heart even more as if Satan owns your life. But you better be careful less something worse happens to you.
    Now to the article: president Charles Savran you are making a case for embargo to be lifted on Cuba and Venezuela but don’t be surprised that you just helped add Dominica to the list because the things Skerrit doing in Dominica are maybe even worse than what caused Cuba and Venezuela to have embargo placed on them

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  5. Juanita
    September 22, 2022

    No one in Dominica epitomizes resilience like His Excellency the President. Here is a man who was an opposition party leader and went to another party’s camp to deliver a white paper for a truce. He was so resilient that he remained in the camp, ate their velvet cake, drank their strawberry cool aid, and emerged with a change of clothing. With resilience, he parlayed himself to the highest office in the land. The State College would be well placed to teach a seminar in Resilience 101 using his example.

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    • dissident
      September 24, 2022

      resilience?
      check our constitution role of president
      is dat the same man who was cursing after Cuban graduates in the 80’s?
      what changed?
      resilience you say?
      Dominicans looking for who they used to be so they can have something to build on………searching for who to be……….resilience you call dat.

  6. Toto
    September 22, 2022

    Typical, begging again as if it’s the most normal thing in the world. I could understand perhaps if we were not making billions from the sales of our citizenship. We are truly shameless. I come to the stage I’m playing St. Peter when asked if I’m Dominican. It’s a terrible thing man.

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    • September 23, 2022

      What do you have to offer your country? Nothing, but bla, bla, bla, like a black sheep.

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      • Toto
        September 24, 2022

        Hmm, does a black sheep bla bla more than a white sheep I wonder DS.

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