CARICOM chairman Chandrikapersad Santokhi has asked the Organization of American States (OAS) for support to use its influence for climate finance, for developing countries.
He took Suriname as an example of the region, which is among the top 10 countries, which is directly threatened by the rising sea level. He explained that despite this fact, Suriname, as a high forest and low deforestation (HFLD) country, has made a significant contribution to climate change mitigation even before the existence of the multilateral environmental agreements. Santokhi pointed out that preserving our tropical forest to mitigate the effects of climate change should not be underestimated.
The CARICOM President also emphasized that climate finance requires additional political will and commitment. The CARICOM President further said that to sustainably conserve our forests for the benefit of all humanity, it is paramount that the international community translate the promise they have made into tangible action.