[www.inewsguyana.com] – President Donald Ramotar has urged world leaders at the United Nations Climate Summit’s Thematic Discussions on Climate Science to stop providing lip service to the world when it comes to the issue of lowering carbon emissions and providing financing for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
The Guyanese Head of State, who co-chaired the discussions along with Mongolia’s President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, in his closing remarks urged that the entire world take climate change as a serious issue, and not just some countries, while others continue with life as usual.
“The developed countries, who have been using most of the world’s resources anyhow and who have been maybe the main polluters, have promised since 1970 to put 0.7% of their GDP towards assisting and fighting and reversing this climate change. It’s time they put their money where their mouth is,” he said.
The President called for a closer partnership and collaboration among countries of the world in tackling the issue of climate change.
He said science has already identified many solutions to the issue, and what are needed now are commitment and political will, and working together in making them a reality, to make a contribution to the planet.
The President also spoke of the Guyana/Norway agreement signed in 2009 under which Guyana will be provided with US$250M over five years to preserve its forests. [Extracted and modified from GINA]