PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Minister for the Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Hon. James Fletcher, is currently leading Saint Lucia’s delegation to the important Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FFD3) that is taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from July 13 – 16, 2015.
Hon. James Fletcher is accompanied by Ms. Kimberly Louis, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to the United Nations.
The FFD3 Conference is expected to result in an inter-governmentally negotiated and agreed outcome that will provide the means of implementation for the entire post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and will be reflected in Chapter 3 of the post-2015 development agenda that will be adopted in September at the UN Summit.
The financing of policies and implementation of mechanisms at the national, regional and international levels are also expected outcomes of this conference.
The Conference, among other things, is focusing on addressing new and emerging issues, such as: the current evolving development cooperation landscape; the interrelationship of all sources of development finance; the synergies between financing objectives across the three dimensions of sustainable development; and the need to support the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015.
The Third Financing for Development Conference is one of three very important UN Conferences that will take place this year, whose outcomes will be of significance to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like Saint Lucia.
The others are (i) the Post-2015 Development Agenda Summit in September in New York, where a new set of seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be agreed on to replace the eight Millennium Development Goals, and (ii) the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, where a new, legally-binding Climate Change Agreement will be signed in Paris in December.
The Government of Saint Lucia has played a very active role in all of these negotiations and Saint Lucia’s Minister for Sustainable Development, Hon. Dr. James Fletcher, chairs the regional Task Force that was established by CARICOM Heads of Government to coordinate the region’s preparation and participation in these meetings.
At the recently concluded meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in Barbados, Hon. James Fletcher briefed CARICOM Heads on the status of the negotiations and the outstanding issues that were of relevance to CARICOM Member States.