Island Leaders concerned over the S.A.M.O.A. Pathway implementation

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA: TUESDAY 02 SEPTEMBER 2014: Leaders at the Small islands Developing States (SIDS) conference in Apia have voiced their concern on how the S.A.M.O.A Pathway should be implemented.

In a press conference before he departed Samoa last night, the UN Secretary General Tupua Ban Ki-moon said, “accountability and the mechanism” used are very important in ensuring that the pathway is implemented successfully.

“That I think is a very important issue,” said Tupua Ban Ki-moon who was made a Samoan chief at Saleapaga village a day earlier.

He said this was not an issue that was discussed recently, but for many years.

“We have agreed with many of the recommendations,” he said.

He also said the S.A.M.O.A. Pathway outcomes should be high on the agenda of the UN. The SIDS conference is looking at how small island developing states and their partners will transition to a more sustainable development path, adapting to climate change while providing a decent standard of living for all with lasting economic growth.

Whilst he realizes that it won’t be an easy task given the length of time spent on talks, he assured member countries of the commitment given to the issue.

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund will be two core entities that would be involved in implementing the pathway and has urged regional entities to focus on it.

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