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Statement by Prime Minister of Grenada, Honourable Tillman Thomas, to the 66th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly (Part)
Mr. President, Grenada?s efforts to achieve Sustainable Development, can be helped by both the December 2011 Durban conference on climate change, and the June 2012 Rio + 20 conference on the environment. Grenada appeals to all parties, to negotiate seriously and to meet commitments at both of these conferences. These global meetings must bring added value to the ongoing efforts of Grenada and other developing countries, especially small states.

Durban 2011 and Rio+ 20 must truly deliver meaningful and attainable outcomes, including fulfilling old obligations and delivering on new ones; especially on climate financing and the broader financing for development. Developed countries, must meet their commitments to poorer nations.

At COP16, in Cancun last year, we achieved some progress on climate change, and we must build on this. We welcome the establishment of the Transitional Committee of the Green Climate Fund and hope to see it capitalized and fully launched in Durban.

We are deeply disappointed that some countries are blocking the mandated review of the 1.5 degrees Celsius as the potential global average temperature. We call on those states to withdraw their objections and support the movement to a safe threshold for islands and for the world. We are convinced that an adequate global response to climate change must remain at the top of the global agenda.

A legally binding outcome must be part of the outcome of climate negotiations. I call on partners to hasten the disbursement of Fast-Start-Funds, especially to small island states. These disbursements must be consistent with the scale of the damage already done and the continuing threats that we face from environmental degradation. We express solidarity with our Pacific sisters and brothers who are daily loosing territory to sea level rise perhaps faster than we are in the Caribbean. You have my pledge that we will continue to support you.

Naturally, Mr. President,
We are taking responsibility for ourselves. This year, we are launching a sustainable energy programme for 24 small island developing states. SIDS DOCK, will provide the foundation for low carbon, economic growth and adaptation to climate change. It will facilitate energy efficiency and provide renewable energy to 24 small islands, developing states.

On behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States, AOSIS, I thank the Government and people of Denmark for making the first contribution of an initial US$14.5 million to SIDS DOCK. We also thank our partners, the World Bank and the UNDP, for facilitating the programme. We invite the international community to join Denmark in financing this effort.

Mr. President, in a similar vein to our climate change efforts, we look to the Rio+20 meeting to advance our path to sustainability. One of the key outcomes for Grenada and other SIDS must be the development of a green economy, one that combines investments, jobs and livelihoods with environmental resources; and a blue economy, one that takes into account, coastal and ocean-based income generation. For indeed, peoples? livelihoods are largely based on environmental resources and services - including agriculture, agro-industries, forestry, mining and tourism.

The Rio+20 meeting can, and must be, a turning point for political commitment and financing for development.
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