Monday, January 17, 2005
The conference on the sustainable development of small island developing states (SIDS) ended in Mauritius, with the adoption of a wide-ranging strategy to make these countries more prosperous, and more resilient in the face of external upheavals.
The strategy document sets out in detail the various things which need to be done like protecting the environment, improving communications and diversifying energy sources.
The conference's secretary general Anwarul Chowdhury said he was going back to the United Nations to draw up a "road map" and a time frame for its execution.
Because of the failure of the international community to live up to the promises made at the previous conference ten years ago, Caribbean nations have demanded a firm commitment to funding.