Fiji Addresses High Level Political Forum
Speaking at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development in New York today, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson, urged the international community to hear the voices of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). He said that if they listened well, they would hear that what the island countries were articulating was for the good of the whole planet, not just that of SIDS.
Referring to the outcome document currently being negotiated in New York for the SIDS Global Conference, to be held in Samoa in early September, Ambassador Thomson said it was disappointing to see non-SIDS countries attempting to have their way with the content. He pointed out that SIDS have a global conference only once a decade, so this is their special time to express the deep concerns of island countries, and to put in place tangible programmes of action for sustainable development. He referred particularly to SIDS concerns regarding Climate Change, health of oceans and sustainable fisheries management.
The HLPF is being held for the first time under the auspices of the Economic and Social Commission of the United Nations. The HLPF is the main United Nations platform dealing with sustainable development. It provides political leadership and guidance, reviews and follows up on progress in implementing sustainable development commitments, and works to enhance the integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
The current HLPF session is running from 30 June to 11 July. Fiji representation at the session is being covered by Fiji’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.