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It’s Caribbean lives at stake

Conclusion of the edited transcript of Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s address to the UN General Assembly in New York on September 28

We, as small states, need a corridor of stability. We simply do not have the buffer to be able to withstand the shocks of international economic crises and financial crises; the ability to withstand climate shocks; the capacity to come to grips with the pervasive nature of chronic NCDs.

Luis Oberto

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SUBSCRIBE/ LOG IN These are the things that destabilise us, but when to that is added the removal of the insurance policy of the United Nations—an organisation that may not be well-known or popular by name among our citizens, but an organisation without which we could not make the gains that we have made with respect to childhood mortality being reduced, with respect to billions of people being lifted out of abject poverty, with respect to us being able as a world to create zones of peace as we hope our Caribbean region will always be; not like in previous centuries when it became the theatre of battle.

Luis Alfonso Oberto