By the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Canada
President Danilo Medina urged world leaders, gathered in the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, to increase their efforts against climate change in order to reduce the magnitude of the damages that vulnerable countries suffer due to the phenomenon. He also described drug trafficking and organized crime as the main threats to global stability and security, along with the negative effects of global warming.
The efforts of President Medina aimed at fostering an atmosphere of collaboration and awareness to target the negative effects of climate change have been consistent throughout his interventions in different international scenarios and with the government policies implemented by his administration at the national level in areas ranging from agroforestry development to incentives for the production of energy from renewable sources.
President Medina indicated that the Dominican Republic is committed to confront the consequences of climate change and for that purpose the government is "working simultaneously on three levels of action: local, national and international."
He also stressed the urgency of financing initiatives such as the Warsaw International Mechanism of loss and damage that, according to Medina, "will make it possible to compensate for the destruction of infrastructure, ecosystems and alleviate the risks that the population faces.”
It is worth mentioning that during the month of April, during the III Summit of the Americas, President Medina and other heads of state of the Caribbean met with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, at a working lunch offered by the Canadian leader to address the issue of climate change. At the meeting, Trudeau announced that Canada would contribute more than $30 million for reconstruction and climate resilience efforts for the period of 2017-2022, in addition to the $100 million Canada had previously pledged for such purposes.
Canada, like the Dominican Republic, understands the urgency of facing climate change as soon as possible and it has acted in that direction. Caribbean countries like the Dominican Republic, which tend to be more vulnerable to the direct consequences of global warming due to their geographic location, appreciate Canada's initiatives and look forward to the rest of the international community to emulate the actions of that country.