UN Urged to Move Faster to Implement Development Programmes

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Senator Anthony Hylton, yesterday (Sept. 26) called on the United Nations (UN) to speed up the implementation of policies and programmes aimed at promoting development among poorer countries.Minister Hylton, who was addressing the 61st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, expressed disappointment at the lack of any significant progress in the implementation of development assistance for developing states especially since last year’s debate was dedicated to action.Noting that a number of potentially very useful provisions were incorporated in the 2005 Summit Outcome Document to address the vulnerability of the less developed countries, Minister Hylton told the world body that, “Jamaica is concerned that we have not discerned any significant focus on implementation in the area of development over the last year”.“We have seen no work for example, to implement the commitment to support the development efforts of middle income developing states to help them meet their financial, technical and technological requirements; develop any framework to provide significant debt relief or restructuring of middle income developing countries with unsustainable debt burdens; and implement the development dimension of the Doha Work Programme for smaller economies in the World Trade Organization (WTO),” he stated.He noted that Jamaica was facing a number of challenges, which must be overcome for the successful implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Some of these challenges are: a debt burden of over 125 per cent of gross domestic product; falling export value; downward market trends due to uncritical approach to globalization and trade liberalization; heavy dependence on imported petroleum, vulnerability to natural disasters and the outward movement of skilled labour.Minister Hylton said that while it is agreed that much of the resources for financing development must come from trade, the economies of scale were too much among the membership of the influential trade group.“Jamaica strongly supports the view that fundamental to a viable and equitable trade regime is the need to take account of the wide disparity in structural characteristics and approaches to economic policy among the members of the WTO,” he stated.While calling for some flexibility in WTO policies, Minister Hylton told the meeting that concerns for the differences in levels of development between developed and developing countries could not be overlooked.He further pointed to the need for a return to the Doha Round of negotiations, to speed up implementation of development initiatives.On international peace and security, Minister Hylton told the General Assembly that, “it is undemocratic and ultimately unsustainable that less than five per cent of the membership of the UN continues to wield inordinate power over the rest of us,” and that Jamaica supported the expansion in both categories of membership of the Security Council to include representation from all regional groups.The Security Council, he said, “should be reflective of the contemporary international community as a whole, based on equitable geographic representation and the increased representation of developing countries.”On the situation in the Middle East, Minister Hylton sided with the new Security Council Resolution 1701, and urged the international community to make every effort to build on, this new platform to secure lasting peace in the region. The resolution calls for “the immediate cessation by Hizbollah of all attacks and the immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations” in Lebanon.“We must continue to emphasize the critical importance of multilateral diplomacy, of even-handedness and of maximum restraint. We must reinforce the mutually beneficial relationships among us as a community of nations. We must equip the UN to act decisively,” he stated.Turning to security in the Caribbean region, Minister Hylton expressed concerns for what he said was the illicit spread of small arms and ammunition and the linkages to trans-national organized crimes, including drug trafficking.He told the member states that Jamaica was disappointed in the outcome of an earlier conference to deal with this growing menace and told the meeting that Jamaica would continue to advocate for the establishment of legislation giving stricter controls to such challenges. RelatedUN Urged to Move Faster to Implement Development Programmes RelatedUN Urged to Move Faster to Implement Development Programmes UN Urged to Move Faster to Implement Development Programmes UncategorizedSeptember 27, 2006center_img Advertisements RelatedUN Urged to Move Faster to Implement Development Programmeslast_img read more

EDF selects Flamanville site for new EPR nuclear facility

first_imgNuclearReactors EDF selects Flamanville site for new EPR nuclear facility Facebook Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today TAGSEDF Twitter With a capacity of around 1600 MW, greater availability and easy maintenance, Aveva claims that the EPR will cut kWh production costs by 10 per cent compared to current reactors. The EPR is the only third generation reactor under construction today. The EPR is the only reactor in the world in which in the unlikely event of a severe core meltdown would have no consequences on the area around the plant. The EPR is a pressurized water reactor which uses nuclear fuel to the full to generate a maximum of energy, while producing less waste. Linkedin Nuclear power group Framatome ANP will supply the EPR technology, which marks the second sales success for this new reactor generation, following an order from TVO in Finland in December 2003. Linkedin Facebookcenter_img 10.22.2004 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The EPR was developed by Framatome and Siemens whose nuclear activities merged in January 2001 to form Framatome ANP, an Areva and Siemens company The EPR project is to be carried out over a five-year period starting in 2007. According to Pierre Gadonneix, chairman of EDF, “Launching the EPR will contribute to ensuring Europe’s energy independence in the coming decades. Eventually, its role will be to permit EDF to renew its generation plant and to do so in a competitive way. It will strengthen EDF’s technological edge and will be a technological showcase for export markets. This investment choice expresses EDF’s goal to maintain its position as the world’s leading producer of nuclear-based electricity.” By chloecox – Previous articleUK jobs boost from windpower investmentNext articleAfrican five to agree joint power project chloecox Twitter 22 October 2004 – The board of Electricité de France (EDF) has agreed to build a forerunner European Pressurized Water Reactor (EPR ) nuclear reactor at Flamanville in Northern France. The decision was announced Thursday and, as required, will be referred to the National Public Debate Commission in the next few days. New Jersey utility regulators extend zero-carbon breaks for PSEG nuclear power plants The Flamanville location in Normandy was selected from amongst the 20 EDF nuclear generation sites owing to the property reserves available, electricity transmission capacity to transmit the power generated, the environmental issues and the conditions for reception of the construction site and facility. No posts to displaylast_img read more

No. 3 UWF men’s tennis defeats Florida Southern 8-1

first_img LAKELAND, Fla. – The No. 3-ranked University of West Florida men’s tennis team defeated Sunshine State Conference opponent Florida Southern 8-1 on the road Friday afternoon. West Florida (13-0, 4-0 GSC) has now defeated four consecutive SSC opponents on their spring break road trip.No. 1-ranked Bruno Savi (Santana do Livramento, Brazil) defeated #49 Benoit Paradis 7-5, 6-4 at number one singles. Tony Rajaobelina (Orleans, France) won at number two singles 6-2, 6-2 while Elio Latella (Sydney, Australia) won at number three singles 6-4, 6-0. Douglas Boe (Vinhedo, Brazil) won at number four singles 6-4, 7-5 while Pedro Roese (Novo Hamburgo, Brazil) won 7-5, 7-5 at number six singles.Savi and Roese won 8-5 at number one doubles while Alex Peyrot (Castelnaudary, France) and Felipe Frattini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) won at number two doubles 8-5. Latella and Domenico Sano (Macaray, Venezuela) won at number three doubles 8-1.West Florida will wrap up its road trip on Saturday, March 15 as they face No. 15 Rollins at 10 a.m. ET in Winter Park, Fla.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com #ARGOS# Print Friendly Version Share No. 3 UWF men’s tennis defeats Florida Southern 8-1center_img No. 1-ranked Bruno Savi defeated #49 Benoit Paradis 7-5, 6-4 at number one singles.  (Photo by Bill Stockland) last_img read more