Post-2015 development agenda must address specific needs of member states: Barbados

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Maxine Pamela Ometa McClean, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados

Barbados attaches great importance to sustainable development in all its dimensions.

Foreign Minister Maxine McClean told the 68th session of the UN General Assembly  that Barbados believes that the theme for this year's session, "The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage," is both timely and important. She said such an agenda must recognise the importance of addressing the very specific needs of members of the United Nations.

“Barbados believes that the Post-2015 development Agenda should involve commitments to: the eradication of poverty and hunger; environmental sustainability with a strong emphasis on coastal and marine resources; the development of sustainable and accessible renewable energy technologies; the pursuit of a sustainable agriculture agenda in tandem with food and nutrition security; gender equality and women's empowerment; and youth development, education and employment.” (37″)

Barbados' Foreign Minister Maxine McClean also called for emphasis on the inclusion of vulnerable groups including persons with disabilities; the requisite means of implementation including capacity building, technology transfer, trade and technical cooperation; good governance, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.

She said this was not a mere shopping list. Rather, it reflected the understanding that all those issues were inextricably linked, noting that they represented challenges or problems that must be tackled simultaneously, if small-island developing states are to achieve sustainable development.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration:  1’34″

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