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South Africa: Increase Support for Developing Countries
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 01, 2013

“We are fully cognisant that sustainable development is primarily a national responsibility, but that for the developing countries to succeed, the Rio Principles, including, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, must be given specific expression for SIDS,” he said.

The President said that climate change and the resultant natural disasters require special attention in order to highlight the vulnerabilities of the developing countries, particularly the SIDS.

“We know that vulnerabilities related to climate change can result in loss of lives, and damage to property and infrastructure that can easily cripple their small economies.”

The adoption of the Barbados Programme of Action in 1994 was a milestone to highlight the plight of the SIDS.

“Indeed the Barbados Programme of Action became an expression of the will and commitment of the international community to assist SIDS to deal with their unique vulnerabilities,” he explained.

While natural disasters affect many developing countries, SIDS are most affected given their unique geographic circumstances.

“We are fully cognisant that sustainable development is primarily a national responsibility, but that for the developing countries to succeed, the Rio Principles, including, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, must be given specific expression for SIDS.”

Zuma said South Africa fully supported efforts to organise the Third International Conference for (SIDS) next year in Samoa.

“We join others in wishing Samoa all the best in hosting this Conference in the coming year. South Africa stands ready to share its experience in hosting events of that magnitude.”

It was also important that all developing countries work closely together to ensure that developmental imperatives and vulnerabilities to environmental degradation are addressed in the decisions taken.
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