UN General Assembly 2023: Island nations impacted by climate change come down heavily on rich countries 

Island nations enduring the worst part of climate change this week went up against rich nations at the United Nations General Assembly 2023, saying the failure by developed nations to act with urgency had jeopardised the survival of islands. 

Saint Lucia Prime Minister Philip Pierre told the UNGA on Friday that there were numerous among them, the little and marginalised islands, encompassed by rising seas and burned by increasing temperatures, who are starting to question the yearly parade of “flowery speeches and public pretence of brotherhood”, also called the U.N. annual General Assembly.

A few speakers at the week-long event cited U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who in July forewarned that the period of global warming had finished and “the era of global boiling has arrived.”  

An apparent absence of earnestness by developed countries was a repetitive subject. Speakers underlined that an inability to adequately check greenhouse gas emissions had added to rising ocean levels, compromising islands and low-lying countries. 

The Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley said the issue is that those whose actions are most needed might be so positive about their endurance that they “don’t act early enough for us”. 

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change relief, nations planned to restrict the rise in worldwide temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), the brink researchers say would head off the most terrible effects of warming. 

To meet that objective, researchers say the world requires to cut down worldwide emissions by half by 2030, and to net-zero by 2050. 

Wesley Simina, leader of Micronesia, said on Thursday that sadly, the international community has not done sufficient work to get smaller nations and island countries on track to restrict the worldwide average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

He added that people need to go through the news on any given day to see the proof of the climate crisis in decimating impacts all over the planet. 

Marshall Islands President David Kabua called for the foundation of a global funding facility to help little island and low-lying countries confronting natural disasters. 

Kabua said nations going to the U.N. COP28 climate summit starting in November should perceive that the world is neglecting to follow through on the Paris Agreement and settle on a guide to correct course, including doing away with fossil fuels

These difficulties may be inconvenient for enormous economies – however Kabua said he can guarantee the “climate impact’s already at our door”.

U.S. President Joe Biden will organise a second summit with heads of the Pacific Islands Forum at the White House on Monday, where climate will be on the agenda. The summit is essential for Washington’s endeavours to move forward commitment with a region where the U.S. is in a fight for influence with China.   

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