A statement delivered to the 67th General Assembly annual General Debate by the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, looking towards the future craft of a new post 2015 strategy to tackle the major impediments to growth, including climate change. Recalling the Mauritius Strategy for Sustainable Development, as well as the 1994 Barbados Conference, he reiterated small states' commitment to seeing action taken on climate change and tangible support for the requisite adaptations and interventions needed at all levels.
He cited the Liliendal Declaration of CARICOM Heads of Government of 2009, which encapsulated the Caribbean Community's concerns as small island states subject to major dislocation as a consequence of the threat of Climate Change, as follows: “the region’s efforts to promote sustainable development and achieve the MDGs are under severe threat from the devastating effects of climate change and sea level rise. Of particular note is the increasing intensity of extreme weather events, resulting in severe damage to the region’s socio-economic resource based. Dangerous climate change is already occurring in all Small Islands and Low-lying Coastal Developing States (SIDS) regions including the Caribbean, and many SIDS will cease to exist without urgent, ambitious and decisive action by the international community”.
He then restated Saint Lucia's full support of the conclusions of the Rio+20 proceedings in Brazil on the challenges and potential solutions to the climate crisis and interrelated factors which continue to inhibit the achievement of a sustainable world. He also called for a strong commitment to technology transfer and building local human capacity to deal with climate change and attendant disasters.
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