PM signs historic treaty in Samoa

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was among leaders from the Pacific, Caribbean and Africa, Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea (AIMS) regions who signed a historic sustainable energy and climate resilient treaty that is expected to significantly change the lives and destiny of over 20 million small islanders, for the better.

Led by the Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo, leaders from more than 45 countries raised their voices in unison and accepted responsibility for fulfilling the commitment to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy mechanism – SIDS DOCK.

The opening for signature of the historic SIDS DOCK Treaty – a SIDS-SIDS Initiative – was a major highlight of the first day of the United Nations (UN) Third International Conference on SIDS, taking place in Apia, Samoa, which will continue until September 4.

The unprecedented and unexpected number of Heads of State and Government present, sent a strong signal to the standing-room only audience, the SIDS population and the international community, demonstrating how deeply committed SIDS leaders are and that they all firmly believe that SIDS must, have and will take responsibility for charting the future of their countries towards a path that would see a total transformation of the SIDS economy away from fossil fuels, to that of one driven by low carbon technologies.

More than half the members of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) were present for the signing of the historic treaty, witnessed by the SIDS DOCK partners Denmark, Japan and Austria, whose kind and generous support facilitated SIDS DOCK start-up activities.  Also present were SIDS DOCK partners – the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Clinton Foundation.

Apart from Barbados, Belize, the Bahamas, Dominica, Cabo Verde, Cook Islands, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Grenada, Guinea Bissau, Kiribati, Niue, Palau, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles and Tuvalu signed the treaty.

The statute will remain open for signature in Apia, Samoa until September 5, and will reopen for signature in Belmopan, Belize, from September 6 until it enters into force. Belize is the host country for SIDS DOCK, with Samoa designated as the location for the Pacific regional office.

Meantime,Prime Minister Stuart met with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, on the sidelines of the conference.

They discussed the way forward since the adoption of the Barbados Programme of Action in 1994 and the priorities of SIDS in the ongoing Conference.

Ban conveyed his appreciation for Barbados’ leadership on all issues related to SIDS and exchanged views with the Barbadian leader on the impact of climate change on SIDS, the Green Climate Fund and the implementation of the outcome document of the SIDS Conference.

(PR/DP)

 

11 Responses to PM signs historic treaty in Samoa

  1. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews September 3, 2014 at 3:28 am

    waste to energy plant , tell me that will not add CO2

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  2. Tony Webster September 3, 2014 at 6:01 am

    @Phillip M. You overlook, Sir, that “hot air” has been known (if not since time immemorial, at least since I was in short pants) to warm up the “atmosphere”. It also has a “lasting” quality, and even in these modern, digital times, some folks persist in employing this when all other devices to distract one’s attention from “burning issues” (sorry, very sorry) …have been exhausted. Q.E.D. AND Amen.

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  3. Ali Johannes
    Ali Johannes September 3, 2014 at 7:52 am

    fuh a minute, I thought he did sleeping

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  4. Arther Lashley September 3, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I was quite impressed with what I read of Mr Stuarts speech , then I read it again after looking out of the window and seeing reality.
    It a “to the boys” and “For the boys” speech .
    A”claim to fame” New Nigga speech.
    What did he and his Cohorts cost Barbados, to be in Samoa.??

    His “5 minutes of fame”.
    How many Bajuns gine go without medical care to pay for his Egotistical Jaunt??

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  5. Robert Foster
    Robert Foster September 3, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Will he report to the country either through his Minister, through a press conference, or directly to the nation?

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  6. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua September 3, 2014 at 10:56 am

    250k$ to learn the true meaning of sustainable development…FOR FREE I could have told you….It mean that we have an ensuring ..strong, healthy and just society..while meeting the diverse needs of all people in existing and future communities….promoting personal well being… social cohesion and inclusion, and creating equal opportunity…it does not mean..wasting what little financial resources we have… on frivolous things…it does not mean seeing long line of starving people waiting for food and monies due to them…It does not mean trying to make the rest of the world feel that we are all that..when thousands of citizens are suffering due to BAD decisions made on issues by government that has affected their lives…So yes we are waiting to see what you guys have learn and will do on your return…

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  7. Tony Waterman September 3, 2014 at 11:08 am

    @all yuh!!! I am not one of the Guy’s Greatest fans, but i will cut him some slack on this one, can u imagine what the other Islands would be saying if Barbados was not there?? we would be the fool of SIDS

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  8. Martyn Ackee Tree
    Martyn Ackee Tree September 3, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Oh stop complaining. Great benefits to be reaped from this treaty! Our government is looking out for the good of the country. Doing a great job guys!

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria September 3, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      0_o lol…waiting for the punchline of your joke of a statement…

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  9. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 3, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Heknows need to STOP wasting. tax payers money going to these ‘no where conference products” and get back in Bim and look after the citizens especially those who are still waiting for their redundancy pay and unemployment benefit. Heknows hoping the problems and stress the citizens are under will disappear when he return to Barbados. He need a 2 4 6 to wake him up and get him back into reality. No point in running away, you can’t run away from yourself.

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  10. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce September 3, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Heknows need to STOP wasting. tax payers money going to these ‘no way conference products” and get back in Bim and look after the citizens especially those who are still waiting for their redundancy pay and unemployment benefit. Heknows hoping the problems and stress the citizens are under will disappear when he return to Barbados. He need a 2 4 6 to wake him up and get him back into reality. No point in running away, you can’t run away from yourself.

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