The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) was held in Apia, Samoa, from 1st to 4th September 2014.
I had the honour to lead Jamaica’s delegation to this high level UN Conference and was accompanied by Honourable Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, and officials from the Foreign Ministry and MWLECC.
The Conference was the largest global event ever held in the Pacific islands. Over 3000 delegates from 180 countries and various international and regional organisations attended. There were meetings with civil society, including youth. I am pleased to report that Jamaica’s youth representative was Ms. Shamoy Hajare, whom I see is present in the gallery here today.
The efforts of SIDS to promote their sustainable development through multilateral economic diplomacy in the UN and elsewhere must be understood for what they are. They are not a substitute for responsible national policies to secure economic growth, job creation, macro-economic stability, social progress and responsible environmental stewardship.
Far from it! Long before the sustainable development of SIDS was first placed on the international agenda in 1994, Jamaica had taken robust steps nationally and regionally to promote our sustainable development; and we continue to do so…READ MORE