Having seen first-hand the destruction wrought by the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday called for the full mobilisation of the international community to support the people of the affected areas, while stressing the need to accelerate climate action.
“I have just witnessed a level of devastation that I have never seen in my life,” Mr. Guterres told a press conference following a visit to storm-battered Barbuda.
“I have been in areas torn by conflict. In my own country, I have seen earthquakes, I’ve seen storms […] I have never seen such a high-level of devastation like the one that I witnessed in Barbuda,” he stated.
“This must make us think seriously,” added Mr. Guterres, who arrived (on Saturday) for a two-day visit to Antigua, Barbuda and Dominica to survey the damage and to assess what more the UN can do to help people recover from the back-to-back, category 5 hurricanes that struck the region recently.
“Today I am announcing that I will travel on Saturday to Antigua, Barbuda and Dominica to survey the damage and to assess what more the United Nations can do to help people recover, visiting of course also the operations that are taking place there.” UN Secretary-General
United Nations News Centre, 4 October 2017 – Pointing to scientific evidence warning of increased extreme weather events, United Nations Secretary-General, ahead of a trip to the storm-ravaged Caribbean, urged all countries to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change “with greater ambition.”
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On 25 September, 2017, Orange Day, members of the CARICOM Youth Ambassador committee addressed the nation on radio attempting to highlight the issue of domestic violence, the new Domestic violence act and how it protects victims.
The stations visited were Hot 97 SVG and National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC Radio)
As a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence against women and girls. Orange Day calls upon civil society, governments, and UN partners to mobilise people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), but every month.