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Posted: Sunday, February 28, 2021. 12:49 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has recognized the Caribbean region’s initiative and diligence in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic while remaining committed to the region’s collective answer to development goals in addressing climate change.

Caribbean News Now reports that the Secretary-General praised countries in the Caribbean for their “leadership during the crisis, even as they confront shocks to their economies, tourism sector, trade, and remittances.”

“Your unique voice is vital as we tackle shared threats such as climate change, citizen insecurity, and the COVID-19 pandemic that expose deep and systemic inequalities,” Guterres said in a recent virtual meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) where he delivered his address.

Recognizing the importance of the Caribbean’s experience during the pandemic, Guterres called for a relief package “equivalent to at least 10 percent of the global economy,” as well as an appeal for debt relief.

As for the sustainable development measures, the UN Secretary-General shared that the UN system is ramping up support for the Caribbean and all small island developing states.

“We are putting our best capacities and resources to support your voice and participation in global governance processes, to provide sound policy advice and help broker the partnerships that will facilitate your continued progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

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