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Meeting held to discuss SIDS way forward

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals demands that special importance be given to Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which are vulnerable to climate change due to their size and limited financial resources. Yesterday, in San Pedro a regional meeting began to review the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action, Samoa Pathway ahead of the United Nation’s meeting scheduled to take place next year in September for a mid-term review of SIDS’s progress.  Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke about the SIDS special needs.

Honorable Dean Barrow: The SIDS special case has had to be dynamic as our development challenges have become more and more acute. So the brief has been filed and continuing Caribbean advocacy is full more but we may be forgiven for questioning wether the international communities response has been as it should be. Why? For instance is the world still set on a path of 4 degrees or more despite the scientific evidence that SIDS will only barley survive even global temperatures cap at 1.5 degrees Celsius. To put it at its mildest; it is clear that despite our special and different circumstances Global policy still deploys a one size fits all approach. This is unsatisfactory and we must their fore campaign without let for a proper international focus on and support for the SIDS agenda.

Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Secretary-General of CARICOM said that at a recent meeting, the slow progress of SIDS was a concern.

Ambassador Irwin Larocque: The importance of this process was noted by the CARICOM heads of Government at their recent meeting in Jamaica. In doing so they express concern at a slow pace of implementation of the Samoa pathway. They agreed that we must work closely with the International community to take the necessary action to build the environmental, social and economic resilience of SIDS. We must also remain steadfast in promoting the interest of SIDs; particularly as there are signs that this categorization of nations like our is being challenged. It was in the Caribbean 24 years ago that the SIDS grouping had its origin with Bibulous Program of action in 1984.  The subsequent Mauritius Strategy of implementation of 2005 and now the Samoa path way of 2014 served to the cement the distinct characteristics and needs of the these uniquely vulnerable nations. The smoldering erosion at the International level of the attention placed on SIDS is a matter of grave concern. It has played its part in hindering the implementational pathway through the lack of resources and capacity.

Prime Minister Barrow said the San Pedro Declaration will be adopted at the end of the meeting in order to strengthen international resolved and mobilize international action for the SIDS agenda.