‘We cannot compromise with catastrophe, so we must compromise with each other’ – Commonwealth Secretary-General

Secretary-General Scotland

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, has urged countries attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh to progress talks towards a meaningful outcome by the end of the week.

As the final days of negotiations approach for the annual summit, attended by more than 35,000 delegates from almost 200 nations, the Secretary-General called for actions that will close the gaps on emissions, finance and justice, while taking into account the needs of vulnerable countries.

In her statement to the conference plenary, the Secretary-General Scotland emphasised:

“As climate change advances, we have lost momentum. The gap on emissions, finance and justice has widened, while the window for action continues to narrow.

“It is our duty to close that gap – and this process is our only chance.  Because we cannot compromise with catastrophe, so we must compromise with each other.”

She highlighted the series of climate disasters that have affected millions of people across the Commonwealth in recent months. In Pakistan, devastating floods have claimed more than 1,700 lives and affected 33 million people since June. Similarly in Nigeria, more than 600 people have died and 1.3 million displaced, due to the worst floods seen in the country in more than a decade.

The Secretary-General continued:

“Vulnerable states face being consumed by the waves or drowned by debt. The unthinkable has become typical…

“We must reject the violence of inaction against those who need us to succeed, now and for generations to come, and commit ourselves to action on land, ocean, energy, finance and resilience.”

The Commonwealth comprises 56 member countries brought together by shared values and principles, including 33 small states, 25 of which are small island developing states.

In 1989, Commonwealth Heads of Government met in Langkawi, Malaysia, and raised the alarm on the “permanent and irreversible damage” to the environment, demanding a “co-ordinated global effort” to address the challenge.

Since then, the Commonwealth has championed global advocacy around climate change and ocean action. This year, Secretary-General Scotland is heading a delegation from the Commonwealth Secretariat to COP27, with the aim of amplifying the concerns of member countries, advocating for small and other vulnerable states, supporting partnerships and raising awareness about the various Commonwealth programmes offered to support members.

This includes initiatives such as the Commonwealth Living Lands Charter, the Commonwealth Blue Charter, the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub and the Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Agenda.



Copyright 2012 Dominica News Online, DURAVISION INC. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or distributed.

Disclaimer: The comments on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of DominicaNewsOnline.com/Duravision Inc. All comments are approved by DominicaNewsOnline.com before they are posted. We never censor based on political or ideological points of view, but we do try to maintain a sensible balance between free speech and responsible moderating.

We will delete comments that:

  • violate or infringe the rights of any person, are defamatory or harassing or include personal attacks
  • a reasonable person would consider abusive or profane
  • contain material which violates or encourages others to violate any applicable law
  • promote hatred of any kind
  • refer to people arrested or charged with a crime as though they had been found guilty
  • contain links to "chain letters", pornographic or obscene movies or graphic images
  • are excessively long and off-topic

See our full comment/user policy/agreement.


  1. November 17, 2022

    While you are at it madam “souse sel” there is an urgent more damming disaster looming in the Commonwealth of Dominica from whence you came which needs your most urgent attention, just a reminder your partner Dr Dr Roosevelt Skerritt has declared war on the Democracy and Independence of our beloved country which is at a boiling point and about to explode face, “may day, mayday”.

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0
  2. Fitzroy W Armour
    November 17, 2022

    Honorable Prime Minister’s decision I assume is based on the Reality check:
    1. Dominica is perhaps the most disaster prone country on earth.
    2. While Dominicans are some of the hardest working populations, the small population simply can’t afford to support a large cabinet.
    3. While Dominica /Wai tu ku buli (Tall Is Her Body) may appear underpopulated being the second most mountainous country in the world it has a low carrying capacity.
    4. The Kalinago people understood that and the UK finally came to that conclusion, intended it to be a nature reserve.
    5. Historical research will demonstrate how it was run before independence and how efficient the countries of Dominica and Trinidad and Tobago were run during the periods when no politicians were in power.
    Eg, deceased Jenner Armour as interim president allowed the permanent secretaries to run Dominica when he was asked to serve as interim/caretaker president until he organized free and fair elections. Similarly president…

  3. John Deere
    November 17, 2022

    Did these countries vote against Israel?
    “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you” https://sunnah.com/search?q=Struck+left+shoulder+of+adam

    Muslims unfortunately missing the big picture that Almighty God’s Free Gift of Salvation is extended to all. Mohammed’s life story like serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer who killed and eat his victims
    https://youtu.be/ZCuGLC3FABI , was used by God Almighty as an example for us all that despite living the worst imaginable life we can repent and trust in the blood sacrifice Jesus Christ as the payment of our sins.
    God Almighty has written the Ten commandments on our heart.
    Why does Islam teach Muslims to break every one of Gods Ten Commandments?
    Doesn’t allah claim that he sent the Torah and the Bible? Has allah changed his mind?

  4. November 16, 2022

    Sousa sel is asking d.a peep to compromise with skerrit….that’s wat she is saying indirectly

  5. Channel 1
    November 16, 2022

    The climate alarmists are once again up to their sensationalist rhetoric & fear stoking stunts with their persistent use of argumentative fallacies of the non-sequitur, slippery slope, red herring types re: climate change.

    Folks, beware of the Climate Change Trojan Horse which is being used to ‘sneak’ in a unified set of global laws on all countries. It’s all about CONTROL, CONTROL, CONTROL of all aspect of our lives.

    The earth’s climate ALWAYS….ALWAYS has been in a state of change & flux from the beginning of time. The presentation of this concept of climate change as something ‘new’ is absolute madness.

    Where is the evidence that proves that the Pakistan & Nigeria floods were due to man-made carbon emission driven ‘climate change’?

    Where is the evidence that proves that Hurricane Maria in 2017 was due to man-made climate change rather than just another random oscillation in the climatic conditions at the time that fueled the storm?

    • River365
      November 17, 2022

      I have questions also. How many people can the planet sustain? Is there a tipping point? What amounts of carbon dioxide production is too much for the Earth to handle? There was a time in America when the coal fired trains and factories were belching out smog and smoke unchecked. China and the Soviet Union dumped their waste into lakes, rivers and oceans for decades. In fact the industrial countries have polluted the planet with impunity, and continue to do so. So my question remains. Is not there a price to pay for such, what I would venture call, reckless behaviour? I would think there is, rising temperatures being one of the consequences.

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

:) :-D :wink: :( 8-O :lol: :-| :cry: 8) :-? :-P :-x :?: :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: more »

 characters available