UN Committed to Addressing Pressing Caribbean Issues
Mr. Ban Ki Moon told the heads of government of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that he attaches great importance to regional cooperation among States and between regional organizations and the United Nations.
He says CARICOM and the United Nations are good partners and he is committed to ensuring that the cooperation – both with the CARICOM Secretariat and with member states – is more targeted and more responsive to the needs of the region.”
He mentioned that he would continue to call on members of the Group of Eight (G8) and the Group of 20 (G20) to fulfill their pledges to maintain international aid, to help Caribbean countries whose growth has been weakened by high levels of debt and barriers to trade.
The secretary-general also underlined that climate change is an urgent challenge that is having a “disproportionate impact” on the Caribbean, and praised the region’s leadership during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June.