Caribbean leaders have told their counterparts from all around the world who are gathered in Paris for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), that their unique characteristics and special circumstances must be fully recognized and included as a cornerstone of a new agreement expected next week.

According to Caribbean News Service, Barbados Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, is concerned that the collective mitigation actions defined in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions submitted thus far are not enough to realize the 1.5 degrees Celsius global goal that is the aspiration of Small Island Developing States.

Meanwhile, Grenada’s Prime Minister and Chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, Dr. Keith Mitchell said COP21 represents a defining moment in world history as the world moves towards saving the planet and preserving life on earth for all its inhabitants and generations to come.

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