Antigua PM Browne address COP28 in Dubai

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The leaders of Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and Bahamas spoke at international climate talks (COP28) in Dubai on Saturday, urging for more support for their nations already seeing the impacts of climate change.

Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown called upon world leaders to consider the plight of those on the front lines of an “environmental war” that they did not initiate.

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne criticised developed countries who contribute the most to carbon emissions, saying that the environmental crisis was a “glaring testament to a world where profits are prioritised over people and planets.”

“It is a world where oil and gas conglomerates, shielded by the power of wealthy nations, continue to reap astronomical profits, while the survival of nations like ours hangs in the balance,” said Browne.

“The irony is as bitter as it is unjust.”

Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis questioned wealthier nations’ sense of urgency.

“Is the effort here more to reduce the noise pollution generated by our advocacy rather than to address the carbon reduction and climate financing so urgently needed? Are we expected to remain quietly grateful,” Davis said.

The 28th annual UN Conference of the Parties, or COP28, in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates featured about 150 presidents, prime ministers, royals and other leaders who are presenting their plans to cut heat-trapping emissions and mostly seek unity with other nations to avert climate catastrophe that seemed to draw closer than ever in 2023.

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