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  • 243.

    The Ministers, while reaffirming their satisfaction for the establishment of the World Solidarity Fund by virtue of Resolution 57/265 of the UN General Assembly, welcome the decision to have the World Solidarity Fund High-Level Committee convene soon and underline the collective responsibility of Governments, civil society and private sector for the mobilization of the financial resources required for the immediate and effective entry into functioning of the World Solidarity Fund in order to allow it to contribute the Millennium Development Goals and particularly to the eradication of poverty.

  • 244.

    The Ministers reiterated the Movement’s full support of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and called for its strengthening as a leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, that promotes the coherent implications of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the UN system, and that serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment, as stipulated in the Nairobi Declaration. The Minister stressed the importance of full and constructive involvement of all countries and relevant UN agencies and programmes in the finalization of the UNEP’s Strategic Plan for Capacity Building and Technology Support for developing countries, as decided at the 8th Special Session of GC/GMEP of UNEP held in February 2004 in Juju.


Ministers also reaffirmed their support for United Nations General Assembly Resolutions on promoting an integrated management approach to the Caribbean Sea in the context of sustainable development.


The Ministers further pledged their active participation in the work of the two institutions that have evolved from the accord of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the

Sea (UNCLOS) signed at Montego Bay, Jamaica on 10 December 1982; the Seabed Authority and the International Tribunal of the Law of the

International Sea. They

congratulated the Authority on completed the organizational substantive phase.

its Tenth phase of

Anniversary and noted that its work, and was now

the Authority had embarking on its


The Ministers again stressed the need for UNEP and UN-Habitat to increase their co- operation and co-ordination, within the frameworks of their respective mandates and separate programmatic and organizational identities, as well as their separate Executive Directors. They reiterated that capacity building and technical assistance must remain important components of the work programmes of both UNEP and UN-Habitat.

  • 248.

    The Ministers emphasised the fundamental principle of the sovereignty of peoples under foreign occupation over their natural resources. In this regard, they expressed their concern about the activities of those foreign economic, financial and other interests that exploit the natural and human resources of the Non-Self-Governing territories to the detriment of the interest of the inhabitants of those Territories and deprive them of their right to control the wealth of their countries. They condemned those activities and in this regard reiterated that the exploitation and plundering of the marine and other natural resources of colonial and Non-Self-Governing Territories by foreign economic interests in violation of the United Nations Charter and the relevant resolutions of the United Nations in threat to the integrity and prosperity of those territories.

  • 249.

    The Ministers welcomed the results of UN Convention to Combat Desertification


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