Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2018. 3:46 pm CST.
By BBN Staff:Caribbean Climate today reported that Belize has accepted the chairmanship of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS).
To mark Belize’s acceptance of the chairmanship of the AOSIS from the Maldives in January 2019, permanent representative to the United Nations in New York, Lois Young delivered an address at a Ministerial Meeting of AOSIS during a short ceremony on the occasion of the 24th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
“Colleagues of AOSIS, Belize accepts the first half of the incoming Chairmanship of AOSIS with a profound recognition of the challenges ahead. Acknowledging and building on the work put in by the Maldives over the past four years and that of the Republic of Nauru before that, and supported by all member nations, and relying on the sound expertise and innovative ideas of our collective body of experts. Belize intends to advance the work of AOSIS over the next two years, with a renewed focus on structure and support for member parties. Advancing the work to achieve the sustainable development goals will be a major focus over the next two years. Also of paramount importance is the unity of AOSIS which must be preserved,” Young said.
Young also referred to the Paris agreement stating, “Ahead of us lies a great challenge, predicated by the distraction of parties backing out of the Paris Agreement and others unwilling to accept the latest science of a world at 1.5 degrees. The best science of the latest IPCC report is sound and yes it is alarming, but all parties must respect and accept it, and seek common ground to come to terms with the implications of it.”
“Belize and the Caribbean region stand ready to push ahead the work of AOSIS. We look forward to your continued support,” Young further stated.
Belize will hold the chairmanship for two years and will then hand it over to Antigua and Barbuda in 2021.
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