United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Marshall Islands

Mr. Chairman,
My delegation wishes to align itself with the statements given on behalf of AOSIS,
particularly on energy and climate change. Given the few minutes available, I will only
highlight certain important points.
The cost of climate change to the survival of our nation?s existence continues to remind
my Country that our efforts on sustainable development will mean nothing if climate
change is not mitigated but continues in its current trend in the increase of greenhouse
gas emissions. With our large EEZ of over 2.1 million square kilometers of ocean
water, I am sure that other countries will also be affected if sea level rise takes its course
from the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Thus, we recommend the following policy recommendations:
�� Encourage Policies and measures of Annex I Countries for reduction of ghg
emissions
�� All Parties to address climate change, particularly ghg emissions in development
plans
�� Capacity building support for removal of barriers and implementation of actual
RE and biofuel projects
�� Sustainable financing for RE mixes
�� Participation of communities, Governments, private sector and NGOs
�� Support for capacity building in adaptation strategies and implementations
thereof
�� Support for full operations of the adaptation fund
Like many SIDS, we still need to learn about adapting to climate change and implement
adaptation projects addressing these issues, including: conservation of our significant
marine resources, coral reefs, protecting our shorelines through enhancement of our
natural species resources, and food security through native species. To demonstrate our
commitments, we have joined partnerships, including with the newest initiative, the
?Micronesia Challenge? which commits 5 jurisdictions namely the Republic of the
Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam and the
Northern Marianas. The objectives compliment the UNCBD and aim to effectively
conserve 30% of marine resources and 20% of terrestrial resources by 2020 and we look
forward to working with existing as well as future international partners.
Thus, much work and activities exist but we still face a number of constraints, inter alia
including high dependency on fossil fuel, lack of technical expertise, limited or no access
to sustainable financing, and transportation. Therefore, for the Chair?s document, we
would like to see CSD outcomes include concrete recommendations in the
aforementioned areas.
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