Newly elected Prime Minister of the Bahamas Philip “Brave” Davis led a Bahamian delegation to New York for the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76), which he addressed on Saturday.
During his address, Prime Minister Davis reminded his colleagues of the devastation caused to two islands in the northern Bahamas – Abaco and Grand Bahama – by Hurricane Dorian in September 2019 and that the Bahamas is battling a surge of infections in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
The Bahamas prime minister also underscored the need to address climate change and called for immediate action from the international community with regard to the Caribbean Resilience Fund, noting that many Small Island Development States (SIDS) such as The Bahamas are “out of time.”
Prime Minister Davis and Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell paid a courtesy call on U.N. Secretary General Antonio Gutierrez on Saturday.
At a dinner on Saturday night, Prime Minister Davis had an opportunity to reconnect with an old friend, Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados, and both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to regional solidarity in confronting challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. Prime Minister Davis also indicated that a unified front in the Caribbean would help the region to tackle its most difficult problems.
The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), led by Davis, won 32 of the 39 seats in The Bahamas House of Assembly in the general election held on Sept. 16.