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Climate deal is a ‘baby step,’ but world needs bigger action, diplomats say
August 18, 2022

“Progress on a U.S. climate package is welcome news,” Conrod Hunte, a diplomat from Antigua & Barbuda and a lead negotiator for a group of small island states that work together on international climate policy, said in an email. He added that the group hopes to see the United States and “other major emitters demonstrate their leadership with urgent action in the climate space to reduce CO2 or decarbonize.”

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HELP WANTED: Self-starter to run U.N. climate program
August 18, 2022

“I would want to see a person who is on urgency, urgency, urgency because that is critical for us,” said Conrod Hunte, lead negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States.
That means someone who is focused on the agenda and able to concentrate on areas that can bring parties together, he added.

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Make polluters pay for climate adaptation, voluntary carbon market body proposes
August 18, 2022

The move was backed by the Alliance of Small Island States. “The voluntary carbon market is a significant and growing source of climate finance,” said Conrod Hunte, of Antigua and Barbuda, chair of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States.

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UN leaders call on international community to support SIDS recovery
August 18, 2022

Shahid opened the Wadadli Action Platform, which took place on August 8 and 9, 2022 at St John’s, Antigua, hosted by Antigua and Barbuda in its capacity as chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in partnership with the governments of Denmark and the United Kingdom.

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How the Ukraine crisis raises the costs of climate change for poor nations
August 18, 2022

“[These] governments have largely been bankrolling or paying for their adaptation,” Janine Felson, Belize ambassador and co-lead Climate Finance Negotiator at the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), told TRT World.

“They will have to take a bit of a pain killer to swallow the cost,” Felson says, “which means that national budgets will have to be used to either reduce taxes on imports for fuels or to manage social support systems,” she adds.

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Rich Countries’ ‘Hypocrisy’ Blocks Progress on Climate Disaster Funding, Negotiators Say
June 17, 2022

“The Glasgow Dialogue appears to be a stand-alone dialogue with no clear destination,” said Antigua and Barbuda climate negotiator Michai Robertson, speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).

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Climate compensation fight looms over Egypt summit
June 17, 2022

“The climate emergency is fast becoming a catastrophe. Yet within these walls, the process feels out of step with reality and the pace is definitely too slow,” Conrod Hunte, the lead negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, told the Bonn closing plenary on Thursday.

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Developing countries left ‘disappointed’ at climate talks
June 17, 2022

“We are disappointed by the lack of substantive progress,” said the representative of Antigua and Barbados speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).
He said countries were still waiting for assurances that “the finance we need now will be delivered at speed, or any time by 2025”.

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Climate change: Bonn talks end in acrimony over compensation
June 17, 2022

“The climate emergency is fast becoming a catastrophe,” said Conrod Hunte, lead negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).
“Yet within these walls the process feels out of step with reality, the pace feels too slow,” he told delegates at the end of the meeting.

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Rich countries are called to help the poorest face climate change
June 17, 2022

“We were offered a process that does not offer a clear objective or vision,” lamented Michai Robertson, representative of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).
Currently, the aid is “a drop in the bucket” compared to the cost of damage, he added.

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