Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Caribbean POV: How to Help Island Nations

From the Jamaica Gleaner:

"Changes in the international energy market will have "profound impacts" on the region, a regional ambassador has warned the world body of nations, saying the high cost has left Caricom countries economically vulnerable.

"Sourcing low-cost energy, through inter-regional cooperation, diversification of energy sources and support for that diversification is needed," said Antigua and Barbuda's Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. John Ashe, addressing the opening of the 15th session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development on behalf of the 15-member Caricom bloc.

“…On climate change, he appealed for urgent action to "fully operationalise the adaptation funds," established under the Climate Change Convention and the Kyoto Protocol.

"The alliance supports establishing regional risk insurance facilities for Small Island Developing States, and call for more comprehensive implementation of such risk management initiatives," he said.

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