Barbuda PM, UN SG Press Conference

The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterrres, visited Barbuda on 7 October, 2017, for a first-hand look at the damage wrought by Hurricane Irma on the island.

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the Hon. Gaston Browne and Secretary-General Guterres held a joint press conference.

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In hurricane-stricken Barbuda, UN chief urges global solidarity, accelerated climate action

Secretary-General António Guterres walks through Codrington town in Barbuda to see firsthand the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma. (Photo by Rick Bajornas via UN)

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.

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Dominica PM, UN SG joint Press Conference

The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterrres, visited Dominica on 8 October, 2017, for a first-hand look at the damage wrought by Hurricane Maria on the island.

Prime Minister of Dominica, the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit and Secretary-General Guterres held a joint press conference.

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UN SG to visit Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica on Saturday

“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.”

“We know that the world has the tools, the technologies and the wealth to address climate change, but we must show more determination in moving towards a green, clean, sustainable energy future,” Mr. Guterres said at a press encounter at the UN Headquarters, in New York.

“Today and every day, I am determined to ensure that the United Nations works to protect our common future and to seize the opportunities of climate action,” he affirmed.

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SVG’s CARICOM Youth Ambassador committee takes Orange day to the Airwaves

CYA Andre Browne, and Deputy CYA Radika Deane seen with the morning cast of the AM mayhem show on Hot 97 radio
CYA Andre Browne, and Deputy CYA Radika Deane seen with the morning cast of the AM mayhem show on Hot 97 radio

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)

CYA Committee members Shernell Hadaway and Moureeze Franklyn as they address the nation on the "Face the nation" show on NBC Radio
CYA Committee members Shernell Hadaway and Moureeze Franklyn as they address the nation on the “Face the nation” show on NBC Radio

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women has designated the 25th of every month as ‘Orange Day’ to raise awareness and take action to end violence against women and girls.

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.