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The future of Small Island Developing States like Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean is very closely linked to the ocean.
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‘Instead of nationalism, we need global cooperation’; Caribbean leaders call for united front against COVID-19 pandemic

Leaders from the Caribbean, in pre-recorded addresses to the UN General Assembly, stressed that their small economies are largely dependent on one or just a few industries, and called for strengthened global cooperation and financing mechanisms to overcome the health crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic and recover from its massive socio-economic fallout. 

Prime Minister Allen Michael Chastanet of St. Lucia addresses the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly.
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Unfair, misapplied global policies stack odds against island States, Saint Lucia tells UN Assembly

At the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, Allen Michael Chastanet, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, painted a dire picture of the challenges natural hazards pose for small island developing States and middle-income countries, saying that while the international community widely acknowledges them, “little or nothing changes.”