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António Guterres Visits Caribbean Islands Hit by Hurricanes

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United Nations Secretary General António Guterres (L) and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne. (Photo taken from

Guterres told reporters that his visit to the Caribbean aims to “see what else the United Nations can do to help those affected”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres is currently visiting Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica, Caribbean islands affected last month by powerful hurricanes.

According to the Office of the Spokesman of the Secretary General, Guterres went to Barbuda, a territory devastated on 7 September by Hurricane Irma, to the point that its 1,800 inhabitants were evacuated to Antigua.

Tomorrow, the diplomat will travel to Dominica, a small country struck on September 18 by Mary and her winds of 260 kilometers per hour.

Guterres told reporters on Wednesday that his visit to the Caribbean aims to ‘see what else the United Nations can do to help those affected.’

The Secretary General recalled that leaders in the region not only call for assistance in the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes, but also call for action on the future and the threat of climate change, a claim reiterated here during the high-level segment of the General Assembly, which took place from 19 to 25 September.


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