Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

Opening of the in-depth review of the programme of work on island biodiversity

Date: 30 April 2012, 3pm to 3:15pm

Location: Assembly Hall I & II, Level 4, SCBD, Montreal, Canada

Event: SBSTTA-16, Agenda Item 5

Description: “Islands need action NOW!" was the message passionately stated by The Honorable Ronny Jumeau, roving Ambassador for Climate Change and SIDS issues, Seychelles, during the opening of the in-depth review of the programme of work on island biodiversity. The speech was widely appreciated by parties. The Ambassador's key messages reinforced that:
  • "The challenges facing island biodiversity, and indeed the very sustainability of islands, are massive and increasing
  • As the people who call these islands home, we islanders have committed ourselves to the solutions, often in ways that belie our size
  • For if we do not act now, if we do not work together, as Parties we will all fail."
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