A statement delivered to the 67th General Assembly annual General Debate by the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, addressing climate change as a matter that was profoundly troubling to Small Island States and attesting to the radical climatic shifts that the region underwent in recent decades. He found troubling that the largest contributors of greenhouse gases are still not taking responsibility for the increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, coastal degradation, coral reef bleaching and decimation, infrastructural damage, and loss of lives that their actions have wrought.
He said that Saint Kitts and Nevis people, its maritime integrity, its soils, and its infrastructure are all interrelated contributors to the overall social and economic viability, and the absence of corrective and restitutional action on the part of industrialized nations involved is neither constructive nor understandable in this highly interdependent world. He pointed at the enormous physical, mental and financial burden that other countries' energy usage inflicted on countries like Saint Kitts and Nevis, "plunging us deeper into debt, and severely frustrating our efforts to meet our Millennium Development Goals." He strongly urged that green energy be made an absolute priority globally and commended the Secretary General for his visionary leadership and the Governments and financial institutions that have committed generously to ensure that high impact clean energy is utilized globally.
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