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Today marks the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, when the United Nations calls on nations, communities and individuals to renounce conflict and promote harmony. The theme for the Day this year acknowledges the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, with its central message that humanity's sustainable progress and the realization of fundamental rights and freedoms depend on peace and security.This understanding is central to the Rights up Front approach, which calls on the international community to act earlier and more concertedly in the face of human rights violations, which…
World Environment Day 2014 falls during the International Year of Small Island Developing States, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the special needs of this diverse coalition as part of the global discussion on how to achieve a sustainable future for all. The world's small island nations, which are collectively home to more than 63 million people, are renowned as prized destinations: places of outstanding natural beauty, vibrant culture and music appreciated around the globe. While small in total, the land size of small island nations does not reflect their importance as stewards of nature's…
Delivered By Mr. Roberto Campos Resident Representative A.I., Members of the head table – The Honourable Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Robert Persaud; Executive Director of the EPA, Mr. Indarjit Ramdass; Chairperson of the EPA Board of Directors, Ms. Patricia Bacchus; Members of Parliament; Members of the Diplomatic Corps; Members of Civil Society; UN Colleagues; and the Media. It is with great joy I bring you greetings on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Khadija Musa who is on mission attending to environmental duties within the Guiana Shield eco-region on this World Environment Day, which is being…