AOSIS Chair: IFSD Must be Strengthened to Meet Needs of SIDS

21 March 2012: The Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Marlene Moses, has highlighted the Alliance's three main objectives for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including achievement of the recognition of the special challenges of small island developing states (SIDS) in development and environmental degradation.

The other objectives identified by Moses are: recognition of the challenges to sustainable development in SIDS posed by climate change; and strengthening of the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD) to better meet the needs of SIDS, and agreement to convene the Third Global Conference for the Sustainable Development of SIDS in 2014.

Moses added that to prepare SIDS delegations for Rio+20, AOSIS will provide SIDS leadership and technical staff with the latest information they need to help them effectively conduct outreach and advocate for SIDS priorities at the conference. She further underlined that AOSIS comprises some of the countries most vulnerable to climate change and said the countries' main priority therefore is to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions are reduced in line with scientific recommendations. [SIDSNet News Release]