(Antigua Observer) Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have become more vulnerable since the Covid-19 pandemic reared its head and “hanging above all their heads like the proverbial sword of Damocles are two eminent dangers – unsustainable debt and climate change”.
That is according to Prime Minister Gaston Browne, Chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), who is pleading for help for countries like Antigua and Barbuda, noting that the hurricane season is approaching while economic hardships are worsening.
Browne was speaking at the virtual meeting of heads of state and government on the international debt architecture and liquidity, hosted by Canada.
“Financing for development in the era of Covid-19 and beyond is the most urgent preoccupation that small states now confront,” he said.
“ I remind that, in February, Secretary-General Guterres highlighted to the UN General Assembly that the territories of small island developing states could disappear within our lifetimes, due to rising sea levels which is unacceptable while the problem is within our power to fix.