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Ambassador Julian R. Hunte Appointed to the Chairmanship of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

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Wednesday, April 5, 2006 - His Excellency Dr. Julian R. Hunte, Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) on 10 March 2006 at the Headquarters of the United Nations. Ambassador Hunte succeeds His Excellency Mr. Jagdish Koonjul, former Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of Mauritius to the United Nations.

The AOSIS, a coalition of small Island and low-lying coastal countries, was founded in 1990 with the main purpose of consolidating the voices of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to address global climate change. This alliance has grown to become the driving force at the intergovernmental level which brings together the SIDS from all regions of the world to give substance to the international mandate of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) emanating from the 1994 Global Conference held in Barbados—where principles and strategies for development to protect the fragile environments of small Island States were elaborated. The status of the BPoA mandate was subsequently reviewed at the Mauritius International meeting in January 2005.

The Alliance comprises forty three (43) members from all around the world, thirty-seven (37) of which are members of the United Nations (UN). The non-UN members of the alliance are observers. The membership of the alliance thus represents 28% of the developing countries, 20% of the UN's total membership and 5% of the world population.


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