Small Island States thankful for Samoa Pathway

The chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States (A.O.S.I.S.), Ali Naseer, is thankful for the Samoa Pathway because of the positive changes it has brought about.

“A lot has changed since we adopted the Samoa Pathway,” Mr. Naseer said. 

“Since then, we have adopted the disaster risk reduction strategy, the Addis agenda for financing of development, the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, and indeed the Paris Agreement on climate change.”

Mr. Naseer said Samoa Pathway could stimulate a brighter future for island States. 

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“These were all very encouraging at global level to galvanise support for sharing a future that is more sustainable and more climate friendly,” he said.

“The purpose is to walk away from multilateral framework that A.O.S.I.S. forged so successfully in 2015 with the hope that these island countries will return to the multilateral approach to overcome the challenges of their time.

“While a lot has changed, what have not changed, since their last meeting in Samoa, were the vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S.).”

Mr. Zhenmin said since then, the space for S.I.D.S. to access development financing has been reduced significantly, and as a result, the abilities of these countries to build resilient infrastructure has been reduced.

“Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C.) shows, and have caused significant damages, not only to the small amount of land in S.I.D.S, but also to the marine life, which provide an important source of economic livelihood for their communities.

“This was one of the reasons of the meetings, to let the people know of the progress A.O.S.I.S. has achieved, the challenges that they continue to face, and evaluate the pathway forward and the pathway that they wish to recommend to Mid-Term review Meeting in New York in 2019.”

Mr. Zhenmin is appreciative towards the Government and people of Samoa for facilitating this important meeting and for their incredible hospitality.

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