GIS – The Republic of China on Taiwan is financing the participation of the Government of Saint Lucia in the 3rd International UN Small Island Developing States Conference in Samoa.
Ambassador James Chang handed over a cheque to the Minister for Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Hon. Dr. James Fletcher on Monday, to facilitate participation in the conference, which is aimed at determining how much progress has been made since the implementation of the Barbados Program of Action in 1994. The Barbados Program of Action outlines the framework of action in support of small island states in the Caribbean, Pacific and Mediterranean regions.
According to the Minister for Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Hon. Dr. James Fletcher, the event is significant.
“For Saint Lucia, it’s important because the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia is the one who, in the quasi CARICOM cabinet, has lead responsibility for sustainable development and climate change,” he said. “Much of what we will be discussing in Samoa revolves around sustainable development and climate change issues. Saint Lucia been very fortunate to be playing a lead role in a lot of the negotiations.”
Dr. Fletcher added that Saint Lucia chairs the CARICOM Task Force on Sustainable Development, which, in addition to handling sustainable development and climate change issues, is also responsible for preparing for the upcoming conference.
The minister will be accompanied by technical staff from the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology. The conference will be held from September 1-4.