St. Vincent and the Grenadines is giving US$40,000 to Trinidad and Tobago as a mark of our solidarity consequent on the recent floods there.
Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves made the announcement in his Independence Address on Saturday, saying that Kingstown stands with all nations affected by climate change.
He said that between 2010 and 2017, SVG suffered loss and damage amounting EC$700 million or in excess of one-third of our country’s Gross Domestic Product due to storms, excessive rainfall, landslides, raging seas and rivers.
“The weather patterns arising from climate change are now unfamiliar in time, type, and seasonality; unprecedented in frequency and intensity; and thus urgent beyond measure. “
Gonsalves said that both the pre-existing condition of countries like SVG and the immediacy of climate change “have given rise, most assuredly, to the many-sided concept of ‘Small State Exceptionalism’ as a category in the global political economy which deserves an especial carve-out and recognition beyond the traditional rubric, hitherto, of ‘special and differential’ treatment”.