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President Irfaan Ali during his address to the G-77 group explained that the current pandemic threatens the fight against climate change. He explained the negative effects of the pandemic has diverted the attention from the gravity of the environmental dangers; while
threatening to reverse the gains made in the world’s quest towards the 2030 Sustainable
Development Goals.

The head of state said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has coincided with a series of unrepented hazards – storms, wildfires, floods, and droughts – all linked to unacceptable levels of global warming and climate change. The immediate task of containing, mitigating, and eventually eradicating the COVID-19 coronavirus must NOT force us to ignore the challenges of protecting the environment and the need for collective action.”

He further noted that unfortunately, the pandemic has led to the cancellation and postponement of numerous high-level climate-focused talks and events including the United Nations Climate Change Conference, (COP 26). President Ali, nonetheless, used the opportunity to applaud those who remained steadfast in their commitment to the global climate and environmental crisis even in the face of the deadly pandemic.

“For many of the United Nations member states, the pandemic has adversely affected the
achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and threatens the successes gained in
SDG milestones. Resources allocated for climate action and advancing progress for the
achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals have had to be redirected to combat the pandemic. It is for this reason that Guyana supports the call for placing the SDGs at
the center of the pandemic recovery efforts.”
The President said.

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