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Minister Fonseca Applauds PM Briceno for his Remarks at COP26

As we have reported, Prime Minister John Briceno has departed Glasgow, Scotland after making several presentations and attending meetings on behald of Belize. His administration has described the visit as a fruitful and successful trip following the Prime Minister’s statements to developed countries to act meaningfully to help small countries like Belize with climate financing. While several ministers accompanied the PM in the UK, there were a few left behind watching the various video feeds and live broadcasts. One of those ministers is Francis Fonseca. He applauded the PM for his remarks but says he is cautiously optimistic about whether the large developed countries like the United States and the European Union will act good on their pledges.

Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education: “I was very proud of our Prime Minister. I think he very forcefully and effectively delivered a message not only on behalf of Belize but on behalf of small island developing states and vulnerable countries like Belize. It’s a critically important issue. It’s one that we take very seriously. I know we’ve had many discussions at the Cabinet level so the Prime Minister delivered that message very effectively. Again we have to wait and see. The proof will be in the eating. You know whenever we have these conferences the big countries who are the real emitters and who are really responsible for the problem we’re facing they say the right things, they deliver all the right talking points but then they walk back on those commitments and promises. So I think our countries like Belize, the Caribbean, CARICOM we’ve become very skeptical, very cynical justifiably so but we are hopeful that because of the strong representation we’ve gotten from our leader and from CARICOM’s Mia Mottley in Barbados who heads CARICOM a very strong passionate statement we’re hopeful that these countries will understand and appreciate the urgency of this matter.”

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer – or the Minister of Finance – Rishi Sunak announced on Wednesday that over one hundred and thirty trillion dollars; an equivalent to forty percent of the world’s financial assets, will be aligned with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. Five hundred of the world’s leading financial services firms have also made the commitment, which will create a pool of cash that could fund net zero transition, including the shift away from coal and moving to electric cars and the planting of more trees.