October 13, 2021
Speaking before the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly during a debate on the topic “Countries in Special Situations” as follow up to the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Develop Countries (LDCs) on 7th October 2021 in New York, the Deputy Permanent Representative for Political Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations advocated for LDCs to have adequate access to climate financing and technology transfer to enhance their climate change mitigation and adaptation plans.
Her Excellency Ambassador Mrs. Victoria M Sulimani said the need for climate financing for LDCs cannot be overemphasized considering the overlapping nature of climate and its impact on food systems, energy sources and livelihoods among others.
She further noted that there is an urgent need to prioritize investing in mitigation and adaptation to climate change issues especially in African countries, adding that Sierra Leone joined the debate because they see the upcoming United Nations LDC5 conference to be held in Doha, Qatar in 2022 as the conference that will create the platform to take stock of gaps and challenges in implementing the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA).
To quote her words in calling the interrnational community to action, she stated that, “Let us therefore put forward tangible proposals with renewed commitments that will not only set the stage to build on the existing Program of Action; but will also create an opportunity to foster sustainable development in LDC,, and that serious efforts should be made to ensure that LDCs reap the benefits of existing trading system which is crucial to economic growth, employment and poverty alleviation”.
In concluding, she stressed that, “Let us eliminate the existing barriers impeding LDCs from benefitting from international trade systems, a situation that has been further exacerbated by COVID-19 pandemic,”.
By Mohamed Massaquoi
Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone
To the United Nations