Concentrating minds: the Caribbean at the UN in 2021 was shorter and sharper

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Fast forward to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2021 – and what a difference two years can make. In my last post, I offered a critique of Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley’s somewhat unfocused speech at the UNGA in 2019.

Well, the world has changed. Ms. Mottley’s 2021 speech hit home and gave the media something to get excited about. It was shorter (thankfully) and much more sharply focused, and mostly hit the proverbial nail on the head. Certainly the note of urgency was there, as there has been in many recent speeches. But as I said in my post yesterday, actions speak louder than words. Yes, we know – it’s all urgent. Everything appears to be coming to a head.

You can watch the speech here, although I haven’t found the transcript yet. There was the Bob Marley quote (well, not an exact quote), and the smartphone…

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