Posted: Thursday, December 3, 2020. 6:32 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: From the ashes of the COVID-19 pandemic arises an opportunity to address the institutional and systemic challenges that countries like Belize face including indebtedness, limited fiscal space, climate vulnerability, and inaccessibility to concessional financing.
Prime Minister John Briceño made this his central theme of a maiden international address, delivered during the virtual 31st Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the COVID-19 pandemic which began today and continues on Friday. He made the address as Chair of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS), taking over from Ambassador Lois Young.
The Special Session offers heads of state and government worldwide a chance for UN members to assess and enhance the international community’s response to the pandemic. Given the global scale of the pandemic, a truly international and multilateral response is required to ensure that all countries are able to respond and recover.
Prime Minister Briceño underscored the deep and devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on small island developing states like Belize, which are already reeling from the catastrophic impact of climate change.
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