A statement delivered to the 67th General Assembly annual General Debate by the Permanent Representative of Dominica to the United Nations, in which he stated Dominica's commitment to the fundamental principle of environmental sustainability, pointing out that his country was at the mercy of countries that promoted and employed unsustainable practices. Dominica was also committed to a multilateral approach to combating climate change, he said. Its impact continued to manifest itself in a number of ways, resulting in greater challenges to the survival of small island developing States. He considered the failure to reach a legally-binding outcome on climate change was cause for grave concern, noting that while the debate continued, the challenges to his country were becoming greater.
He called for the Kyoto Protocol to be extended and amended before its expiration. That was one of the reasons why the Small Island Developing States Sustainable Energy Initiative had been instituted, he said. It was intended to help them transform national energy sectors into catalysts for sustainable economic development and help generate financial resources to address adaptation to climate change. Dominica served as the Chair of the Initiative, he added.
Tag This Document