A number of the world’s smallest nations may “disappear” without action at an upcoming UN summit to contain climate change, the secretary general of the Commonwealth warned in a Wednesday interview.
“The threat to the 42 small states in existential,” Baroness Patricia Scotland informed AFP. “Individuals say that as if it doesn’t imply what it says — specifically these small states will disappear.”
The Dominica-born lawyer and former British government minister, who leads the Commonwealth association of former countries of the British empire, was speaking during a visit to Rome that included talks with Pope Francis.
She said some of the Commonwealth’s smallest members, like the low-lying Pacific islands of Tuvalu and Nauru, were “looking for new places to go” as a result of “the ocean stage rises are so harmful now”.
She also decried the devastating impact of more frequent hurricanes, including in her native country.
“Dominica usually looks like a Garden of Eden,” she stated. However after 2017’s Hurricane Maria “even the bark of timber had been stripped, there was not one inexperienced leaf left. It was like Armageddon”.
UN climate talks in the Scottish city of Glasgow from October 31 to November 12 are aimed at securing a global deal on decarbonising world economies and charting humanity’s path away from catastrophic global warming.
Scotland insisted that humanity had “no choice” however to behave, noting that poor nations uncovered to local weather change additionally want intensive debt and vaccine aid.
“We’re all in the identical storm, however we’re undoubtedly not all in the identical boat,” she said.
The Commonwealth brings together 54 countries and 2.6 billion people, and the baroness is its first female leader.
Her term was supposed to end in 2010, but a summit to decide whether to reappoint her or replace her has been postponed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I certainly have so much work still to do that I would very much expect to still be in my position, but it is a matter for member states to decide,” she stated.