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Inter-Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 10-Year Review of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA)
Nassau, Bahamas | 26-30 January 2004 

Mon 26
Tue 27
Wed 28
Thu 29
Fri 30 &

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Hightlights from Monday 26 January

In The Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for the Ten-year Review of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) opened today in Nassau, Bahamas. In the morning, participants convened for the opening ceremony to hear a welcome address, several opening statements and a keynote speech from the Prime Minister of the Bahamas. They also elected a Chair and members of the Bureau and a drafting group. Additionally, participants heard statements by Ministers and Heads of Delegation. In the afternoon, participants engaged in two panel discussions on new challenges and emerging issues, and implementing National Sustainable Development Strategies. In the evening, the drafting group met to prepare a draft Strategy for the Further Implementation of the BPOA. Photo: Perry G. Chirstie, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas

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Opening Ceremony

Flag ceremony

A local band and children's choir welcome the delegates


Listen to the following speeches:
Marcus Bethel, Minister of Health and Environment, Bahamas
Anwarul Chowdhury, Secretary General of the Mauritius International Meeting
José Antonio Ocampo, Under Secretary General, UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs


Listen to the following speeches:
Jamal Nasser Al-Bader, Qatar, speaking for the Chair of the G-77/China
Rajesh Bhagwan, Minister of the Environment and National Development Unit of Mauritius, speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States
Julian Hunte, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Saint Lucia, President of the 58th Session of the UN General Assembly




Borge Brende, Minister of Environment, Norway and Chair of CSD-12








Statements by Ministers and Heads of Delegations



Bikenibeu Paeniu, Tuvalu, speaking for the Pacific Islands Forum, said the International Meeting should focus on creating a fairer international trade system, new partnerships, enhanced regional cooperation, and time-bound goals, and emerging issues such as HIV/AIDS and poverty.

Belize noted progress made since the BPOA and highlighted continuing and new challenges faced by SIDS including poverty, limited capacity, and economic vulnerability. He said the International Meeting should lead to attracting foreign investment and building partnerships.




Panel Discussion 1: New Challenges and Emerging Issues: integrating human and social development imperatives



Panelists (in no particular order): Panel moderator Cletus Springer, Saint Lucia, Douglas Slater, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Moelagi Jackson, Samoa, Desiree Cox, Bahamas, Amena Yauvoli, South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and Terence Jones, UNDP; Right photo: Moelagi Jackson, Samoa


Panel Discussion 2: Implementing National Sustainable Development Strategies



Bikenibeu Paeniu, Tuvalu, Franklin McDonald, Jamaica, and Christopher Corbin, St Lucia


Alvaro Umana, UNDP, Sateeaved Seebaluck, Mauritius, Bikenibeu Paeniu, Tuvalu, and Elizabeth Thompson, Barbados



Miscellaneous Photos from the Opening Ceremony







Relevant Links

The Barbados Plan of Action

The SIDS+5 report

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of the 1994 Barbados meeting

The ENB summary of the SIDS+5 meeting

The 2002 GA resolution calling for the 10-year review