Senator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, addressed the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing a States (SIDS) during the plenary session held on 2nd September 2014.
Minister Nicholson is leading Jamaica’s delegation to the Conference being held in Apia, Samoa from 2nd to 4th September 2014.
Some 3000 delegates from over 180 countries and regional organizations are gathered in Samoa to take stock of the progress achieved by SIDS since the first International Conference on SIDS in Barbados in 1994, twenty years ago, and to chart a path for the future. The SIDS Conference is the largest global event ever held in the Pacific islands.
Under the theme “the sustainable development of SIDS through genuine and durable partnerships”, the Conference is an important milestone in the effort of SIDS to marshall international support for their development and to agree on the priorities for joint action going forward.
In his address, Minister Nicholson drew attention to efforts made by SIDS individually and collectively to promote their sustainable development. He noted, however, that some of the constraints to their development were global in nature, such as climate change, and, therefore required the attention of the international community as a whole. In this regard, Minister Nicholson underscored “the responsibility of the international community, both morally and in keeping with the principle of natural justice, in ensuring that a robust international agreement is signed on climate change next year in Paris”.
The Honourable Minister returns to the island on 7th September 2014.