Jorge Custodio Santos said that for Cape Verde
sustainable development is at the root of its development policy.
The INCD should consider the vulnerable situation of Africa without
losing sight of the political horizon while tackling the technical
issues in negotiating the Convention. LDCs should participate in
the GEF decision-making process and programmes to combat
desertification should be financed through the GEF. The seriousness
of the problems faced by SIDS is reflected in the progress made in
the preparations for the Barbados Conference. Cape Verde supports
a resumed PrepCom. He noted the positive developments in the
Conference on Straddling and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks and
called for a timely response on the issues of mechanisms for
international cooperation, flag State responsibility, port State
enforcement and compatibility and coherence between national and
international conservation measures for the same stocks.