Welcome to EagleMUNC’s blog! We are extremely excited for the upcoming conference in March 2018. In our blog posts, you will find updates on our progress organizing the conference as well as information on global happenings applicable to the dilemma posed for delegates this year. This pertinent problem involves determining how a political entity should adapt in times of adversity.
There are many strategies a state could use to overcome such an obstacle. For instance, Dominica finds itself confronted by adversity after multiple category 5 hurricanes battered the island in September. UN Secretary-General Guterres visited Dominica on Sunday, October 8 to assess the devastating damage of the storms, which left people homeless, without electricity, and without water. Guterres cited research by the UN World Meteorological Organization in asserting that climate change is increasing the intensity of natural disasters and exacerbating the resulting economic damage. With this information, Dominica’s adaptation plan in response to this crisis is to evolve into something new: the world’s first climate-resilient nation.
Dominican Prime Minister Skerrit recognizes the opportunity the nation has to be a global example of climate resilience. In outlining the Climate-Resilience Development Strategy, Skerrit discusses the innovative ways the Dominican government will integrate climate and development planning and policies. The plan focuses on sustainable, low-carbon emissions development and also aims to build a climate-resilient economy that considers the impacts of climate change in its financing.
Furthermore, Dominica calls attention to the fact that Caribbean nations are among the most vulnerable to climate change. Factors increasing the Caribbean’s vulnerability include susceptibility to flooding and coastal erosion as well as reliance on fragile coral reefs for protection. Due to its location in the hurricane belt, Dominica finds itself extremely vulnerable to damage caused by these disastrous storms. Therefore, with the increasing intensity of hurricanes, Dominica plans to adapt by evolving into the world’s first climate-resilient nation.
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