Antigua and Barbuda concerned by failure to fulfil aims of the Barbados Programme of ActionListen /
Of concern to Antigua and Barbuda are the failings of the international community in fulfilling the aims and objectives outlined in the Barbados Programme of Action on the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer told the UN General Assembly that 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of the first UN Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, which was held in Barbados in 1994.
He said looking back at the 20 years since that Conference, the corresponding actions to address the unique and special circumstances of small island developing states by the international community has been lacking.
“It is my hope that Samoa 2014 will give the International community the opportunity to correct the wrongs made and to improve on shortcomings to SIDS. The conference will also present us with a third chance to identify a set of concrete actions, which will be needed for the further implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action and the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation and thereby regain momentum lost by SIDS in the quest for sustainable development. We welcome the decision by the UN family to designate 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States. Antigua and Barbuda pledges to highlight throughout 2014 the issue of SIDS with the aim of reinvigorating the SIDS Agenda.”
Prime Minister Spencer said the Antigua and Barbuda government firmly believes in promoting partnerships in support of sustainable development based on principles of mutual respect and understanding, equality and a genuine desire to effect social and economic development of all. He added that his government has deepened its integration efforts with its CARICOM brothers and sisters, focusing on fully implementing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, as well as deepening the various sub-regional regulatory frameworks.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.