Grenada is committed to the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, taking into account the outcome of the regional review and the findings and recommendations of the ICPD beyond 2014.
That was the assurance from Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, when he addressed the Special Session of the General Assembly on the Follow up to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014, which was held at the United Nations headquarters on Monday 22 September.
He said that Grenada is aware of the challenges that still remain to improve the quality of lives of all people and at the same time, to ensure equality and equity and protect the environment for succeeding generations.
“We therefore share the urgency of the findings of the review, which show that, despite significant gains in poverty reduction and economic growth since the International Conference on Population and Development, many have been left behind, lacking fulfilment of basic needs, meaningful work, access to social protection, or public services in health or education and that there are still significant barriers for session of the Commission on Population and Development,” he told the Special Session.
Dr Mitchell noted that these issues, as well as the conclusion that the current state of income and wealth inequality is unsustainable, and threatens future economic growth, the cohesion and security of societies, and the capacity of people to adapt and innovate in response to changing environmental conditions.
The report addresses in a comprehensive manner ways to enhance individual capabilities and resilience and ensure sustainable development. “We are pleased to see that human rights and equality define the analytical approach to the report. We share the conclusion of the report that investing in individual human rights, capabilities and dignity — across the multiple sectors of the ICPD and throughout the life-course — is the foundation of sustainable development,” Mitchell added.
By Linda Straker