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PM encourages joint Caricom position on SIDS issues

Monday, July 07, 2014    

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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has encouraged her fellow Caribbean Community (Caricom) heads of Government to make the region's voice heard in relation to issues facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS), climate change and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

She said the regional grouping must send a clear and unified message on these issues, considering the commonality among the three processes, noting that Caricom needs to ensure that the opportunity provided by the confluence of these processes is seized in a timely manner.

Simpson Miller was speaking during the businesses session of the 35th Meeting of Caricom Heads of Government at Sandals Grande Antigua Resort in Antigua and Barbuda last Wednesday.

She recommended that Caricom issues a clear statement articulating the priorities of the region so as the inform member countries' participation in the three processes. Simpson Miller also endorsed the call by other member states that the Caricom community speak with one voice to the international community and development partners to ensure that the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda fully reflect the priorities of SIDS.

The Jamaican prime minister commended the work of the Regional Task Force looking at these matters and signalled that Jamaica stands ready to provide any technical support as the region pushed for the advancement of issues of interest to SIDS on the global agenda.

Jamaica is of the view that a legally binding agreement on climate change is needed by 2015, and that the commitment to financing the Green Climate Fund should be honoured. The country also wants greater institutional support for SIDS from the United Nations (UN) system and other multilateral organisations and is pressing for the prioritisation of Small Island Developing States issues in the work of the UN so that there is mainstreaming of SIDS priorities on the international agenda.

The Jamaica country position views focused attention and global support for SIDS as being vital for building resilience, eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development.

Caricom member states are now preparing for discussions on the sustainability and unique vulnerabilities of SIDS at the Third International Meeting on SIDS to be held in Samoa, September 1-4 this year.

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