Jamaica looks forward to the SIDS conference in Samoa in 2014

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Courtney Rattray

As a Small-island developing State (SIDS), Jamaica fully supports the advancement of the sustainable development agenda in relation to SIDS, as embodied in the Barbados Programme of Acton (BPoA) and the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS (MSI). That's what Jamaica's Permanent Representative Ambassador Courtney Rattray told the General Assembly Economic and Financial Committee during its discussion on Sustainable Development. He said Jamaica looks forward to the convening of the Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa in September 2014.

“The Third International Conference on SIDS provides the international community with an opportunity to address the obstacles that have prevented the full and effective implementation of the BPoA and the MSI and to address new and emerging challenges to SIDS' sustainable development. Jamaica looks forward to working with all other Member States to ensure that the conference produces an outcome that provides support for SIDS in their efforts to build resilience and secure development that is sustainable.”

Ambassador Rattray noted that of course, the success of the Samoa outcome, like that of the outcomes of other major summits and conferences in the economic, social and environmental fields, will depend on the provision of appropriate means of implementation and the fulfillment of commitments undertaken at the conference.

” At our last session, the General Assembly took the decision to designate 2014 as the International Year of Small island Developing States. We look forward to the continued support, engagement and interest of the international community as we prepare to engage in activities that highlight the work that SIDS have undertaken in advancing their development as well as the key contributions of international cooperation in that regard.”

Ambassador Rattray called on delegations to work constructively as they engage in negotiations on the modalities resolution that would lay the groundwork for the remainder of the preparatory process for the Samoa Conference.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

Duration: 2’03″

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