Castries, Dec. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In an effort to seek climate justice for small island developing states using the international legal system, Saint Lucia has joined the Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law ( COSIS) as the sixth newest member.
The Act of Accession was signed by the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Philip Joseph Pierre, and deposited with the Secretariat of the United Nations by the country that has depository for the COSIS Convention, Antigua and Barbuda.
Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, who is co-chair of COSIS, an organization co-founded with the Prime Minister of Tuvalu last year at COP26 in Edinburgh, commented on COSIS’s growing membership: “I am personally and officially delighted that the Government of Saint Lucia has joined this initiative to seek climate justice for small islands that have suffered and continue to suffer from the harmful effects of climate change on our countries.”
“Prime Minister Pierre and I discussed this prospect last month in Egypt at COP27 and we agreed on the value COSIS adds to our fight for compensation to our island nations for the damage major polluting countries have done us.”
While noting that Saint Lucia is the second country to join COSIS in the past week, Prime Minister Browne expressed the hope that other Caribbean countries would join “in our collective interest”. Vanuatu, a country in the South Pacific, joined COSIS on December 2.
He also stated that the organization is now made up of six small island states that will soon seek advice from the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on their legal rights to compensation for climate damage.
It should be remembered that rich countries have yet to meet their outstanding annual commitment in 2015 to provide $100 billion to help vulnerable countries adapt to the impacts of climate change that they may have been suffering for decades.
Payments from high-emitting countries to mitigate the damage climate change has inflicted on the most vulnerable parts of the world were finally on the agenda for discussion at the global climate summit more than 30 years after the idea was first articulated by delegates from developing countries on small islands.
COP27 concluded with a historic decision to establish and operationalize a compensation fund. UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the decision, calling the fund essential and saying more needs to be done to drastically reduce emissions now. “The world still needs a giant leap forward in climate ambition.”
“The red line we must not cross is the one that takes our planet above the 1.5 degree temperature limit,” he stressed, urging the world not to give in “in the fight for climate justice and climate ambition. ”
“We can and must win this battle for our lives,” Secretary-General António concluded.
Three interesting facts about Saint Lucia
1. Saint Lucia is an English-speaking, developing Caribbean island nation with a wealth of lifestyle and tourist attractions, making it one of the most sought-after investment destinations for savvy investors looking to grow their offshore portfolios.
2. The island nation offers one of the newest citizenship through investment programs where an investor can acquire the country’s second citizenship through a minimum investment of US$100,000.00. While the program is still young, it has an enviable list of investor benefits, including a favorable tax regime for those looking to manage their wealth, access to better global mobility and citizenship can be retained for life, giving investors the right to live and work in the country.
3. The country has received numerous honors and awards from some of the most renowned organizations in recent years. The most recent awards Saint Lucia has recently earned was the prestigious Golden Statuette in the 8e annual Travvy Awards for Best Honeymoon Destination – Caribbean.
The annual Travvy Awards allow travel consultants to vote for the best in the travel industry and recognize the highest standards of excellence in the travel industry by honoring travel companies, travel products, travel agents and destinations for their outstanding achievements.
Thousands of votes were cast – from suppliers to consultants and everyone in between.
“These awards are a testament to the high quality of Saint Lucia’s offerings and our commitment to promoting the destination as a premier Caribbean tourist attraction to the global travel audience,” said Lorine Charles-St. Jules, CEO of the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority.
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