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Deputy PM Sweden Condemns Trump’s Decision

Developed nations have an obligation and responsibility to support the developing nations to ensure they have resources to manage their marine ecosystem sustainably, says the Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden
07 Jun 2017 10:43
Deputy PM Sweden Condemns Trump’s Decision
Prime Minister addressing journalists at a press conference in New York on June 5, 2017. Fiji Sun’s Jyoti Pratibha is at left. Photo: DEPTFO News

Developed nations have an obligation and responsibility to support the developing nations to ensure they have resources to manage their marine ecosystem sustainably, says the Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden Isabella Lövin.

Ms.Lövin while addressing media at the United Nations headquarters on the first day of the global Ocean Conference also labelled the decision by the Donald Trump administration to pull out of the Paris Accord as regrettable.

In a very forthright manner, Ms Lövin also acknowledged the increasing role American cities and the private sector are playing towards sustainable development in light of American President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement.

Climate change and issues surrounding the Oceans are interdependent, she said, and that the small island developing states needed most help.

“We the developed countries also have an obligation and responsibility to support the developing countries for them to have resources to manage their own marine resources sustainably. The SIDS are big ocean states and we also need to make sure they have our cooperation.”

“I am really proud that Sweden and Fiji have come together to co-host the first Ocean Conference and even if we are very, very far apart geographically and culturally, and are from the Opposite sides of the planet, we share our common concern to address, really the threats to our oceans.

“We have felt a real sense of urgency from people who are directly dependent on the oceans for their livelihoods and how they feel at the moment.

“This is the first time the global community have come together after last week when we had the very regrettable decision of the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement… and I think the linkage between climate change and threat to our ocean is more than clear to all of us gathered here at the UN.”

Citing researches, Ms Lövin said our reefs will not survive beyond 2050 if the impact of climate change on our oceans are not controlled.

“I think the momentum is here and we are looking forward to the starting point of the process.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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