Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Action Plan developed for Small Island States

Action Plan developed for Small Island States

New Zealand played a leading role in agreeing a new United Nations action plan on island countries Environment Minister and Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Marian Hobbs said today.

"The Mauritius Meeting on Small Island Developing States led to a renewed focus on islands countries' vulnerability to natural disasters, climate change, and other threats like HIV/AIDS, diabetes and environmental degradation," Marian Hobbs said. "Nothing demonstrates poor countries' vulnerability more starkly than the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, which really focused minds on what needs to be done to build the resilience of island countries like our neighbours in the Pacific."

UN leadership, including Secretary General Kofi Annan, development banks, the leaders of small island states and ministers from donor countries attended the UN sponsored meeting. The main purpose was to review the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action for small island developing states, agreed in 1994, following on from the Rio Earth Summit.

In her conference address Marian Hobbs stressed the need for both local and global solutions to the problems faced by small island developing states.

"Locally, for example, rules are required to protect natural defences. Rules might be about coastal development or deforestation or seeking safe infrastructure to handle sewage and wastewater. Traditional knowledge and culture have a role to play in determining the best way to build resilience. The global solutions included the funding of infrastructure that per capita is much more expensive for a small economy than for a large economy."

As a Pacific nation, New Zealand was committed to a strong outcome from the meeting, the minister added. New Zealand's United Nations Ambassador Don MacKay has chaired the various negotiations on the meeting's formal outcome, the Mauritius Strategy, which sets out a framework for action to build island nations' resilience. Good results included strong recognition of the need to address both the causes and impacts of climate change.

The meeting also saw the launch of the small island developing states universities' consortium, which will seek to build up cooperation between the University of the South Pacific in Suva, and other island-country universities.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news