Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, saw first-hand the impacts of climate change in Barbados a couple of days ago.
Accompanied by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, the Secretary-General visited an area impacted by sea-level rise, costal erosion and land slippage, and learned about the enormous efforts being undertaken by the Government of Barbados to address these challenges.
The Secretary-General stressed the need to support developing countries with climate finance. He emphasized that this is a key priority for COP26 in Glasgow.
He also said that his generation has failed in meeting expectations to pass a world in good shape to the next generation. He stressed that this generation “cannot afford to fail”, and it is therefore incumbent upon leaders to support young people in their efforts.