A statement delivered to the 67th General Assembly annual General Debate by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Regional integration and International Trade of Mauritius, in which he stated that the countries which may be severely impacted by climate change are those which have contributed the least to the root causes of climate change. He added that many Small Island Developing States thus face the dual threat of the impact of the worsening economies of their trading and development partners as well as that of climate change. He called on Nations to resist protectionist measures as an easy way out and for a transformative agenda for integrated sustainable development.
He added that Mauritius joined other world leaders who have called on all countries to deliver on their commitments, and that the international community cannot spend so much capital on negotiating new pledges and undertakings in a whole array of outcome documents and then ignore what has been agreed through give and take on all sides. He welcomed the setting up of the Sustainable Development Committee to follow up on Rio+20 and formulate Sustainable Development Goals. He also welcomed the appointment of a High Level Panel on Post 2015 Development Agenda and called for these and others to be able to build on what has already been agreed through global negotiations.
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