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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…
United Nations peacekeeping has a long and proud history, with more than one million peacekeepers having served in more than 70 operations on four continents since its establishment in 1948. Looking to the future, we can be confident that as new challenges emerge, United Nations peacekeeping will evolve to meet them. Today, more than 116,000 UN personnel from more than 120 countries serve in 16 peacekeeping operations. At great personal risk, these military, police and civilian personnel help stabilize communities, protect civilians, promote the rule of law and advance human rights.