15 Jan 2005

Pacific nations approve UN Mauritius Strategy

8:12 am on 15 January 2005

Pacific Island nations have approved a revised declaration on how to tackle crucial issues facing all small island developing states.

Small island states have agreed on the text of what's being called the Mauritius Strategy, after a United Nations summit there.

The group of 37 island states say they will intensify efforts, to work together, in lobbying the World Trade Organisation.

The deputy prime minister of Vanuatu, Sato Kilman, told the summit that his country shares the problems of globalisation.

"The principal challenge facing Vanuatu is its low capacity to integrate into the global economy, because irrespective of national sovereignty or preferences, globalisation dictates, and national economies are compelled to adjust accordingly."

Mr Kilman also says small states such as Vanuatu need to tackle the growing level of urbanisation, which he says results in rising unemployment and crime.