AOSIS urges for full implementation of SAMOA Pathway2022-03-22 Honourable Everly Paul Chet Greene, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda, on behalf of AOSIS
Topic: Sustainable Development
UN Secretary-General Special Representative, ASG Luis Felipe Lopez-Calva, USG and High Representative of UN-OHRLLs, Ms. Heidi Schroderus-Fox President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr. Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon, Director Distinguished Ambassadors, Resident Coordinators, Heads and Representatives of UN entities, ladies and Gentlemen I have the honour, on behalf of the Government and People of Antigua and Barbuda to welcome you to our beautiful Island. We hope that you will have time to do a bit of sightseeing and experience the beauty of our land and peoples. I am excited that as Chair of AOSIS that we can host this extremely important meeting at this very critical time in the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway, and I must congratulate Ambassador Webson, along with the Staff of our Permanent Mission to the UN and the AOSIS Secretariat for the great job done in organizing this Meeting. With just under two years to the realization of the SAMOA Pathway, our islands are still lagging. So, our hope is that in this meeting we can really discuss and strategize on ways in which as crucial SIDS stakeholders with day-to-day responsibility for SIDS we can complete the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway with the remaining two years and look forward to and begin our preparations for the fourth UN Conference for SIDS in a manner that would be bolder and offer lasting solutions for SIDS. As the possible host of the fourth UN SIDS Conference, I can assure you that the government of Antigua and Barbuda will make sure that the next SIDS blueprint will continue the successes for the previous three SIDS programme of actions, while also keeping in mind our commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals. We only have two days for robust conversations and action, but I am confident that when we leave here, we will continue our discussions and collaboration to make a difference in SIDS. What I am saying is let us use this time not for rehashing the same usual rhetoric but let us address the critical issues on our agenda for this meeting with the sole objective of ensuring that SIDS will be better off tomorrow than they are today. Excellencies, the multidimensional impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Climate Change continues to exacerbate our already unique vulnerabilities to achieving sustainable development. Our deep structural and natural challenges cannot withstand any more shocks whether economic, social or environmental. Therefore, our discussions around the Multidimensional Vulnerability Index, debt relief and resilience are key. We must also discuss how to monitor and report on our efforts to accomplish the SAMOA Pathway. How can we utilize the reports already being submitted to the UN system and other international organizations to achieve our goal, as we know the SAMOA Pathway had no measurable targets and indicators. Excellencies, you are our main strategic partners, and we continue to count on you to help us move forward, as well as to help us leverage the sort of support that would move us along in a more sustainable and resilient path, Let the stories of Barbuda, Dominica, Bahamas, Fiji and Tonga be the lessons that will move us all to act in the name of SIDS. I wish you all the best with the discussions, and I look forward to hearing about concrete next steps. Thank you again for making the effort during these very difficult times to journey to Antigua and thanks also to those of you who could not attend in person but are participating virtually. We are pleased that so many of you agree that this meeting is important. Take some time and enjoy lovely Antigua and if you do have time, by all means visit beautiful Barbuda. I Thank You.
Sub Topic: S.A.M.O.A. Pathway
Meeting: SIDs Stakeholders Meeting