UN Deputy-Secretary-General Amina J. Mohamed Visits Barbuda

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Visiting the island of Barbuda, on the wake of the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) in Antigua, UN Deputy-Secretary-General Amina J. Mohamed said, “Coming to Barbuda is an expression of the day after commitments are made in a conference that should have a reality to it.”

The Deputy SG witnessed several projects that enhanced the twin Caribbean island’s resilience, including hurricane resistance facilities.

Accompanied by the country’s Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Trade & Barbuda Affairs, Knacyntar Nedd Charles, she visited the Green Barbuda Hybrid Solar energy plant, combining solar and diesel energy with a capacity of 863 kWh battery storage.

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They also met with a fishermen’s community organized as the so-called Fisherfolk Association riding on a boat tour on the protected lagoon where lobsters and conch can grow naturally.

Mohammed said, “visiting here, seeing women’s leadership, visiting what is a green transition with their power here, but also looking at the livelihood and what is the opportunity to scale that up, to make it more resilient. To make sure that young people have jobs, that women see a future and really this is the reality check that we have to do of ABAS (the Antigua and Barbuda Agenda for Small Island Development States).”

Senator Knacyntar Nedd Charles welcomed the UN’s support.

She commented, “No other island has faced what we have faced, and I can only say that’s a category five plus hurricane. The damage was astronomical, and Barbudans are resilient people and of course, with partnerships such as the UN we are able to build back and to build back better and stronger.”

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