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IN THE CORRIDORS

At the conclusion of the afternoon session the host country informally circulated elements of the Barbados Declaration. The elements paper stresses the specific vulnerabilities of SIDS while recognizing their place in an interconnected world and as part of one global ecosystem. It stresses the stewardship by SIDS of the world's oceans and other resources, and catalogues the human resource and economic constraints SIDS face -- "Life on SIDS is thus both an alluring experience and a profound challenge." It concludes with the commitments of SIDS themselves, the international community and NGOs, and notes that the Barbados Conference is an example to the world of how to work together to coordinate action.