St. Lucia calls for a Post-2015 Agenda that addresses issues of concern to SIDS

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Alva Romanus BAPTISTE, Minister for External Affairs, International Trade and Civil Aviation of Saint Lucia

Less than two years before the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), small states find themselves facing new, mutating and increasingly menacing development challenges, St. Lucia's Foreign Minister Alva Baptiste told the UN General Assembly on Monday.

He pointed to youth unemployment, high debt levels, climate change and the increasing ferocity of natural and man-made disasters, including the onset of sea-level rise which, he says, threaten the environmental sustainability and the very existence of Small Island Developing States.

“The rich must resist the temptation to retreat inwardly, as this can shut down the global economic engine. The post-2015 Agenda must be driven by common aspirations, shared goals and a unified vision of a secure and stable world, which we can proudly bequeath to our  children. St. Lucia and several other states  have already embarked upon, and completed Post-2015 Consultations with the support of the UN Development Programme. ..They emphasized that St. Lucia and other SIDS have serious vulnerabilities which seem to have escaped the GDP eyes, or the gross domestic product eyes, of some of our development partners.” (49″)

Foreign Minister Baptiste says the Post-2015 Agenda must therefore address in a very real way, the issues of concern to SIDS such as sea-level rise, non-communicable diseases, loss and damage assessment and funding relative to natural and man-made disasters.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’37″

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