During a meeting with Caribbean leaders attending the UN General Assembly this past week, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has promised help addressing the growing problems of climate change and organized transnational crime in the region. Ban assured the Caribbean leaders that their nations are vital to the world body and that “the United Nations is committed to working with you to respond to these and other challenges”.
“I hope we can use this mini-summit to help chart the way forward,” he added “I am deeply disturbed by reports that the Caribbean has the highest per capita murder rate in the world. It is time to step up our response to this threat. I welcome the cooperation between CARICOM (the Caribbean Community) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. We will provide all the expertise we can to help the Caribbean to fight and overcome this problem,” he said.
On the issue of climate change, he said CARICOM has shown exemplary leadership. “For some Caribbean countries, your very existence is threatened. Despite these difficulties, you are taking the path of cooperation. Your common regional approach is a model for others,” Ban said, promising that CARICOM members will play a key role as the negotiations continue. He said he welcomed the proposals put forward, especially on the conservation of forests and the protection of marine resources and the Alliance of Small Island States Declaration adopted last week was an important step.
Originally reported by http://www.caribbean360.com/News/Caribbean/Stories/2009/09/28/NEWS0000008965.html