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Guterres urges support for Haiti in remarks to regional leaders

Last September, world leaders endorsed his proposal for 0 billion in annual financing to boost sustainable development but “unfortunately, the resistance has been severe”.He expressed hope that the Summit of the Future at UN Headquarters this September will make progress towards reforming “a global financial architecture that is unfair, outdated and ineffective”. 

‘Peace is possible’ 

Addressing sustainable development, the Secretary-General reported that efforts to achieve a more just and equitable global future are in danger. This is occurring at a time when millions in the region are facing hunger and poverty, and as many countries are drowning in debt. However, he noted that organized crime continues to plague many countries. The Secretary-General arrived in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Thursday. At a press conference that afternoon in the capital, Kingstown, he expressed solidarity with small island developing States who are on the frontlines of the fight against climate change. “But, we need much more climate justice, which means much more finance available at reasonable cost for adaptation and mitigation for developing countries and in particular for small island developing States,” he said. 

Help for Haiti

The island nation is hosting the latest summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which comprises more than 30 countries.Last October, the UN Security Council authorized a multinational security support mission to back-up the national police, which Kenya has offered to lead. Several countries, including CELAC members, made additional pledges of support during an event on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Brazil last week.With the bloc meeting “to help foster solutions for the region and for the world”, Mr. Guterres highlighted the need for solidarity in the areas of peace and security, sustainable development, social cohesion and climate action.

Sustainable development stimulus 

He appealed for greater action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which he said “is essentially a responsibility of the G20 countries” as these richer nations are the main polluters. “Arms trafficking has become the most important security threat to the region,” the UN chief said. “It will not be possible to fight it effectively without much stronger international cooperation, from the source to the streets.” He warned that the already dire situation in Haiti is getting worse by the day, as gangs hold the country hostage and use sexual violence as a weapon. In this regard, he welcomed the security partnership launched recently by Andean countries to assist Ecuador, while the new Government in Guatemala “offers a chance to advance democratic development, the rule of law and other key aspects of the peace agenda.” 

Climate justice and finance 

“Latin America and the Caribbean have shown how uniting for peace is possible and makes a difference,” he said. He pointed to the “significant strides” made in the peace process in Colombia and the joint declaration signed recently by Guyana and Venezuela aimed at reducing border tensions.“I welcome these efforts, but much more must be done to secure the deployment of this mission without further delay and a political solution that could resolve the country’s fundamental problems,” he said. 


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