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Jul 8, 2019

Chair of AOSIS, Ambassador Lois Young, Speaks Out Against Efforts to Discredit Report

Carlos Fuller

One of the key objectives of today’s session today was to discuss key challenges with the report and the modalities of the IPCC plenary to strengthen Caribbean small island developing countries active engagement during the approval plenary. This is important because, according to Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States, Lios Young; oil producing countries are trying to “erase the science” on keeping the world’s temperatures below one point five degrees Celsius as it relates to the 2018 report on global warming. Quoted by BBC, Young says that Saudi Arabia and others were trying to pretend a key scientific report didn’t exist.


Carlos Fuller, International Liaison Officer, CCCCC

“Indeed that is a concern and that is why indeed why we have to address the issue. Ambassador Young’s concern really had to do with the one point five special report issued last year which says that indeed the Caribbean is very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Even though the earth has warmed by one degree Celsius so far we are already feeling the adverse impacts of climate change, coral bleaching, erosions and more intense hurricanes. At one point five it is going to get even worse and at two degrees, catastrophic to the Caribbean. As so this is what has come out so far and the Oceans Report is going to go in-depth aspects of the oceans.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Is it that only concerns are shared by the Caribbean or recommendations as well?”


Carlos Fuller

“It is only to speak on the science. It does not speak specifically about the recommendations. That will be the political aspect of it that the climate change convention process we then have to speak on how we then adapt to these issues of climate change.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Is it a concern that if the Caribbean has the influence to have its concerns by global leaders?”


Carlos Fuller

“Well indeed, as you can see we are now making the headlines because Belize first of all the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States. So we are now speaking on behalf of forty three countries around the world, the Caribbean, Pacific and the Indian Ocean nations. Indeed the country has become vocal on the whole climate change issue. We are taken seriously and I believe our concerns are being articulated in the media and by the leaders of the world.”

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