Cape Verde's prime minister tells UN it's time to go "beyond words"

Ulisses Correia e Silva

Ulisses Correia e Silva

Ulisses Correia e Silva said at the UN General Assembly that politicians do not have "all the time in the world" to fight climate change and poverty.

Speaking on the fourth day of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Ulisses Correia e Silva praised the resilience of the Cape Verdean people, especially in the face of the cyclical drought that has been affecting the country for over two years.

"The time is ripe for concrete measures to change the course and depth of climate change. The time is ripe for the implementation of effective solutions to the problem of poverty and its consequences. The time is ripe for making commitments to peace. This generation of politicians does not have all the time in the world, and will be held accountable before humanity," he said.

According to Cape Verde's prime minister, political leaders must deliver concrete results in the face of today's global challenges: "It is time to go beyond words. It is time to implement concrete, measurable actions to address peoples' ambitions and global needs. It is time to make the world a better place."

Speaking before the UN General Assembly, Ulisses Correia e Silva announced that the country is currently implementing a water and energy transition strategy to reduce dependence on rainwater and fossil fuels, as well as to improve access to water and energy across the country.

As an example, he recalled the introduction of the first seawater desalination device 50 years ago, adding that 70% of Cape Verde's population is now using desalinated water. "Within the next few years, with the ongoing investments, we will reach 90%," he said.

Ulisses Correia e Silva further stated that the energy transition process in Cape Verde is expected to reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels: "Starting from the current 20%, our goal is to reach 30% of electricity production from renewable energy sources by 2025, exceed 50% by 2030, and reach 100% by 2040."

He also pointed out that Cape Verde was the first African country to join the Transport Decarbonization Alliance (TDA), which aims to replace all internal combustion vehicles with electric vehicles by 2050.

"It is our modest contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in transport," he emphasized.