Pierre Challenges Global Leaders At Commonwealth Summit To Put People First

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At his first official speaking engagement at the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting [CHOGM] currently underway in Kigali, Rwanda, Prime Minister Hon. Philip J. Pierre at the request of Commonwealth Secretary General, The Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, addressed stakeholders and global leaders at the Climate Change and the Commonwealth: Accelerating Action – Breakfast Meeting on June 22.

The Prime Minister championed the concerns of Small Island Developing States [SIDS] who although collectively contribute less than 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, bear the brunt of climate catastrophes including perpetually intensifying weather events.

“We recognize that Small Island Developing States, together, emit only around 0.6 % of global greenhouse gas emissions – a mere drop in the ocean.    Notwithstanding, Saint Lucia and other SIDS have remained committed to their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets and continue to push ahead with actions when considered collectively, reflect extremely ambitious targets. We believe in collective action at all levels, and it is for this reason that Saint Lucia continues to work with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission, to spearhead the NDC Finance Initiative. This Initiative is strong on building partnerships for NDC implementation-the type of partnership that represents the Commonwealth Secretariat’s focus on strengthening its members’ resilience.” The Prime Minister remarked.

Overcoming financing hurdles and securing equitable access to climate-related financing pledged by the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, Hon. Pierre asserted, must be prioritized to enhance the capacity of SIDS to transition to climate resilient infrastructure to mitigate the unavoidable effects of warming temperatures on our fragile ecosystems, lands, environment and citizens and livelihoods.

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“The synergistic approach of the Commonwealth Living Lands Charter, presents an opportunity here at CHOGM, to strive towards halting the silo-operation that seems to be the order of the day, where donors expect us to separate climate and development matters when we request funding when clearly, climate change is a developmental matter and our ability to develop is impeded by the impacts of climate extremes, which we are forced to address.  We are expected to request grant support for policies, strategies, awareness-raising, capacity building, assessments, and feasibility studies, but we are required to take loans for the actual implementation of large, tangible, on-the-ground projects.  Similarly, the UN Climate Conference Subsidiary Body meetings have just concluded and many feel that we are no closer to getting a Loss and Damage Finance Facility that provides needs-based, accessible support for people who are facing the climate emergency now. 

It is time to change the rhetoric as we battle the disastrous effects of hurricanes, food insecurity and increasing poverty levels. Let us put our people first. 

Let us join in making this Commonwealth Living Lands Charter, this CALL, make a difference to the status quo so that history will mark us as the group of leaders who walked it like we talked it.”


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  1. Pick the 2×4 outa your eye before to try to take the straw outa other countries leaders eye …. Tell them to eat more green fig

  2. 1. CHOGM is an incorrect title for this Rwandan junket (#FOX thinks it was in Scotland…lol). It should have been titled, COBMM, for Commonwealth of Blind Mendicants Meeting; after all, they were all there to sell their carbon credits to the highest bidder! Let me clue in the clueless Caricom Prime Ministers: Nobody is buying, these days! All of Europe (even Germany, which just elected a GREEN government) is scrambling to fire up their electricity generating plants by burning coal from Poland at a minimum of 4x the cost of coal from last year – Greta Thunberg has long been forgotten!

    2. Further, Caricom’s collective land mass does not qualify them for any significant benefits from selling carbon credits, but their PMs wouldn’t know that; while their blind, ignorant citizens are equally clueless, having been fooled into ceding their birthrights for a chicken leg and a beer (whether Piton, Banks, Carib, Red Stripe, or Heineken).

    3. Instead of championing the collective stupidity of the Caribbean basin, Pierre should focus on the basic needs of St. Lucians, which remain unmet: Food; Clothing; Shelter; Energy; Education; Health.

    4. St. Lucians are talented, but extremely lazy! Pierre should focus on raising awareness, locally, of the current dire world-wide economic situation (cult of economic suicide by governments in developed nations, directed by the olgarchs who control them), for encouraging aggressive, CO-OPERATIVE enterprise in St. Lucia. The dog-eat-dog civilian & political system will never work for us! That should have been clear to see, from forever – the “Small” in “Small Island Developing States” should have been a BIG clue – we don’t have the massive population & land size to emulate the systems of larger countries!

  3. The gall! When you run a deficit yourself, you have no business challenging others, hypocrite! Get your house in order first.

  4. Practice what you went there to preach. Put your people in St Lucia first. This putting people first has become a broken record and can’t fool all the people all the time. Stop putting Richard and his needs first, then you can talk that talk and walk that walk.

  5. Go tell the people in V/Fort that you put them first – first in the firing line – eat well in Scotland, watch your weight, lots of first people in St. Lucia hungry, but God loves them.

  6. Another speech on climate change. How many times must leaders make speeches on climate change? You will think by now they would know after COP 26 in November last year. What’s the purpose of this? By the way PJP were the world leaders always putting animals first? What’s with that Putting People first line. Putting people first so what are you doing all the way there when an important bill was passed in the house yesterday. Take care of your country first before hoping on a plane everytime you are invited to deliver just a speech.


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