UN Secretary General visits hurricane ravaged Dominica warns of climate change impact
By TDN Wire Staff
October 08, 2017 5:00 A.M
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Roseau, Dominica (TDN)
- The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is today visiting Dominica which was devastated by hurricane Maria on September 18, 2017.
His visit comes as the country struggles to regain a semblance of normalcy following the brutal onslaught of the hurricane which left at least 72 persons dead and billions of dollars in damages to the country’s economic wellbeing and infrastructure.
Speaking at a news conference in New York before leaving for the Caribbean the Secretary General noted that some of the most important speeches at the just concluded United Nations General Assembly came from the leaders of those Caribbean nations reeling from back-to-back hurricanes.
“The prime minister of Dominica declared that he had come “straight from the front line of the war on climate change,” he noted.
Guterres also noted that he would survey the damage and assess what more the United Nations can do to help people recover, and also visit the UN operations on the Island.
He focused attention on the role that climate change continues to play saying “but scientists are clear that such extreme weather is precisely what their models predict, and they predict it will be the new normal of a warming world.’
In addition to Dominica the Secretary General will also visit Antigua and Barbuda to see firsthand the destruction wrought on the island of Barbuda.