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SMALL ISLAND ISSUES GIVEN PROMINENCE IN MORROCO CONFERENCE

23.11.2011

SMALL ISLAND ISSUES GIVEN PROMINENCE IN MORROCO CONFERENCE

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, has stressed the need to re-think the development architecture necessary to address both sustainable development and climate change.

Minister Adam was speaking at the opening panel session of the MEDays Forum organised by the Amadeus Institute and the Government of Morocco under the high Patronage of the King of Morocco in Tangiers.

The MEDays Forum has established an annual platform for international debate on topics of global importance. The theme of the panel discussion in which Minister Adam participated was entitled ‘Cancun 2010, Durban, 2011, Rio 2012, what leeway do developing countries have in climate discussions?’.

A specific aim of this year’s event was to ensure that those countries whose voice is often marginalised are heard and reach a wider audience.

In his intervention, Minister Adam spoke about the lack of appropriate development mechanisms to address the specific needs of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). However Minister Adam highlighted the opportunity which existed for SIDS to be able to benefit from investment in the green and blue economy, providing that appropriate financing was made available.

Several panel members also noted the lack of progress on being able to truly disburse funds efficiently to tackle climate change. He explained that many states that have announced funds allocated to tackle climate change have simply re-channelled existing funds towards climate change adaptation.

Minister Adam reiterated the concern that as there was no specific mechanism as yet dealing with climate change adaptation funding, and as a consequence many middle income SIDS were excluded from the majority of climate change funds being channelled through existing funding mechanisms that use GDP per capita criteria in determining eligibility.

All panellists agreed that specific, practical actions have to be prioritised over positioning of national interests and called for the strengthening of global environmental and developmental governance to achieve this.

The panel was chaired by Sylvain Attal, Senior Anchor of France 24, and was composed of the following personalities in addition to Minister Adam:

H.E Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of Dominica

H.E Mr. Karl Hood, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada

H.E Mr. Hong Jun Yu, Deputy Minister in charge of Research and studies of the Communist Party Central Committee of the People’s Republic of China

H.E Mr. Kakary Kante, Director of the Division of Environmental Law and Conventions of UNEP

H.E Mr. Boonan Shin, Ambassador for Green Growth from the Republic of Korea

 

Editors note:

  • · MEDays: The Southern Forum

The annual international forum MEDays, which takes place in Tangiers, is the main event organized by the Amadeus Institute.

The Amadeus Institute is an independent Moroccan think tank, founded in 2008 and based in Rabat. Its acts as a laboratory of ideas, a brainstorming platform and a creator of debates.

During several days, it confronts and brings together different readings, opinions and recommendations from high level international policymakers on essential topics and issues concerning the South.

Today the MEDays Forum is considered a strategic meeting for global players involved in the geostrategic, political, economic and social spheres of southern countries and more specifically the Mediterranean Maghreban, African and Arab regions - but also with an opening on the Latin American regions and Asia. The South has now its own forum. According to the president of the Amadeus Insitute, 'The MEDays has fulfilled a gap in this geographic zone and is a catalyst for world economy.'

A community of more than 150 speakers of high standards is present each year at the MEDays forum and participates in more than twenty panels to open up practical propositions and concrete sectoral solutions. Among them are heads of states and ministers, government officials, entrepreneurs, representatives from intergovernmental organizations, experts and civil society representatives.

More than 1000 participants attend the Forum include governmental representatives, public administrators, business leaders, researchers and graduate students, civil society and international governmental experts. http://www.amadeusonline.org/en/evenements/forum-medays/forum-medays.html

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