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Sen. Hon. Lisel Alamilla Participating in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, RIO +20 [PR]

June, 2012. The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Senator Honourable Lisel Alamilla is presently leading a delegation comprised of senior technical government officials, staff of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and representatives from local NGOs to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20, being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from June 20 to 22nd, 2012.

The Rio +20 conference marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. It brings together thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups and will focus on two main themes: how to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty, including support for developing countries that will allow them to find a green path for development; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development.

Minister Alamilla participated in a distinguished panel hosted by the Principality of Monaco, the Republic of Kiribati and The World Bank on the formation of the new Global Partnership for Oceans. The Partnership has the endorsement of 102 nations, private sector and civil society organizations in support of healthy and productive oceans for poverty reduction. The Minister was joined by the President of Kiribati, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Peter Kristensen of the World Bank and Ministers from Liberia, Norway, Denmark, New Zealand and South Korea.

Minister Alamilla highlighted the challenges of depletion and over-exploitation of the world's coastal and marine fisheries and the importance of addressing these challenges especially as it relates to small coastal economies such as Belize. The Minister underscored the importance of increasing seafood production from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture and committed to joining the international community in this endeavour.

Given Belize's understanding and appreciation for the contribution of healthy oceans to human welfare, economic growth and poverty reduction, the Minister committed to endorsing and embracing the principles and practices inherent in the Declaration for Healthy and Productive Oceans. 

In addition, on Friday June 22nd, 2012, Minister Alamilla will be presenting Belize's position on Sustainable Development and the intended outcomes of the Rio +20 to the plenary.



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