We are faced with challenges in all three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environment: SIDSListen /
Sustainable development must have an inclusive agenda and specifically address the needs of countries that are vulnerable and with unique challenges, the representative of Belize Ambassador Lois Michele Young told the UN General Assembly.
Speaking on behalf of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Ambassador Young said small states recognize they cannot overcome their challenges by themselves.
And she warned that in the absence of cooperation and assistance from the international community, the success of SIDS would remain but an illusion.
” SIDS remains committed to ensuring the full, effective and efficient implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation and the MDGs –the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally-agreed outcomes. The cross-cutting connections among the Rio+20 Outcome, the post 2015 UN development agenda, and the future of financing for sustainable development require comprehensive analysis and review. The post-2015 development agenda should be guided by a transformational strategy that links the Rio+20 outcomes with the outcomes of the SIDS Third International Conference to be held in Samoa in 2014 and with a strategy for financing sustainable development. In short, we need a strategy that links national sustainable development priorities and the global development agenda.”
Ambassador Young underscored the need to focus on reducing poverty, improving access to basic social services, enhancing gender equality, and achieving environmental sustainability.
She said there's a need to move away from unsustainable policy frameworks such as fossil fuel subsidies towards policies that encourage sustainable production and consumption patterns.
” We need clear and practical measures for securing progress in sustainable development. We need to better inform development policy decisions at all levels. The implementation of these key policies in our economic frameworks will contribute to increased mobilization of resources and higher levels of economic growth. The costs of shifting towards a sustainable future are real, real costs. Helping create the appropriate enabling environment to generate and direct capital flows – official development assistance (ODA), domestically-available public finance, other sources – to the projects where they can deliver the largest transformational impact, is a critically important task for the public sector. No less important is the need to ensure that the public funds that are available to support national transitions to sustainable development are used to leverage and catalyze larger pools of private finance.”
Ambassador Lois Michele Young of Belize stressed the need to be innovative in exploring new financial mechanisms that can move the process along and enable achievement of sustainable development.
This is Donn Bobb reporting.