International organisations must be bold in advocacy for Small Island Developing States – President of Guyana

President of Guyana, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali (Photo via DPI)

–    Says existing socio-economic challenges requires a new era in global cooperation

(Department of Public Information) His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali urged the international community to bolster their support for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in addressing food security amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Head of State made this call during his address at the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) virtual High-Level Dialogue which was held (Thursday) morning under the theme, Weathering Covid-19 in Small Island Developing States: A Pathway to resilience.

“Preserving and improving the food economy should be an essential component of the socio-economic response to the COVID-19 crisis.   Addressing food security, however, cannot be undertaken in isolation to other socio-economic challenges.  The complexities of the challenges facing Small Island Developing States demand multidimensional and integrated approaches.”

President Ali reminded all of the united stand of the Group of 77 and China on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global efforts to halt climate change.   The Guyanese leader was chair when that high-level meeting was hosted by Guyana in late October.

“A resounding echo from that forum is that the world, especially developed states, needs to support developing countries both during and after the pandemic.”

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