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BARBADOS DECLARATION

At 11:30 Wednesday night, delegates reached agreement on the draft Barbados Declaration in an informal session of the Plenary. The draft Declaration, which is expected to be adopted by the Conference on Friday, contains a preamble that reaffirms the principles and commitments to sustainable development embodied in the Rio agreements and recognizes that this Conference translates Agenda 21 into specific policies, actions and measures to be taken at the national, regional and international levels. In Part One, the Declaration affirms the importance of: human resources and cultural heritage; gender equity; the role of women and other major groups, including children, youth and indigenous people; the sovereign right of SIDS over their own natural resources; vulnerability to natural and environmental disasters; climate change and sea level rise; limited freshwater resources; special situation and needs of the least developed SIDS; economic vulnerability; capacity building; constraints to sustainable development; and partnership between Governments, IGOs, NGOs and other major groups in implementing Agenda 21 and this Programme of Action. In Part Two, the Declaration declares the importance of national, regional and international implementation, including the reduction and elimination of unsustainable patterns of consumption and production, and the provision of effective means for the implementation of the Programme of Action, including adequate, predictable, new and additional financial resources.