Barbados aims to strengthen and continue its cordial relationship with the United Nations (UN) General Assembly
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Dr. Jerome Walcott, emphasized Barbados’ intention to the 75th President of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, during a working luncheon this afternoon.
During the event, Minister Walcott thanked President Bozkir for his leadership and support shown during his tenure on issues related to sustainable development; Small Island Developing States (SIDS); Middle Income Countries (MICs); and for hosting a High-level event organized on MICs on June 17, this year.
He also expressed his gratitude for the President’s support of a fair and equitable approach to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and his continued calls for all countries to support the COVAX Facility and multilateral efforts to ensure fair and equitable access to vaccines.
His role was also acknowledged in establishing a Board of Advisors on Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing Countries in February 2021 to help ensure that the concerns of this group of countries are taken into account during the work of the 75th Session.
Senator Walcott used the historic occasion of a President of the United Nations General Assembly visiting #Barbados during their presidency, to highlight a few areas of concern for Barbados.
Those areas included: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism-dependent countries; the impact of the volcanic ash fall on Barbados from the La Soufrière volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, noting that the damage assessment conducted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Investment revealed that the disaster cost Barbados at least $87.1 million; and the impact of climate change on SIDS.
The two officials also discussed expanding the eligibility criteria to allow for easier and greater access to concessional financing by vulnerable SIDS which goes beyond GDP per capita; to consider the multidimensional nature of the vulnerability of SIDS; as well as a more accommodative debt limit policy stance by the multilateral organizations. This, Minister Walcott noted, would improve Barbados’ ability to access financing at a reasonable cost.
Barbadians and friends of #Barbados are invited to participate in a virtual Meeting with the diaspora in the United States
The Embassy of Barbados in Washington D.C. is pleased to invite all Barbadians and friends of Barbados to its monthly consultation meeting, which will be convened virtually this Thursday, August 5th at 7:00 p.m. EDT.
We are pleased to be joined by Lt. Col. The Hon. Jeffrey Bostic, Minister of Health and Wellness, to provide an update on the COVID situation in Barbados and to answer any questions that you may have in relation to his Ministry.
Updates will also be provided on the Embassy’s work programme for the remainder of the year.
The Zoom link and meeting details for this session are below:
Meeting ID: 822 7950 3977
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