Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius, explains the plight of small islands and other developing countries in the face of climate events, and introduces the Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub.
World leaders acknowledge today that climate change is the biggest threat to humanity. With 123 countries having already ratified/acceded to the Paris Agreement that emanated from the 21st Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) held in Paris in 2015, we are moving closer to being ready to face the challenge of global warming.
For a long time, small countries like Mauritius, assembled under groupings like Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), have had to strive to make more industrialised countries understand that despite our very low contribution to global warming, we are always at the forefront on the victims list of this phenomenon.
More than half of Commonwealth members are small states, out of which 24 are SIDS. Climate change is real and is causing an enormous amount of material and human losses across the world, especially in SIDS and LDCs…
Pravind Kumar Jugnauth,
Prime Minister of Mauritius