Upon arrival yesterday, he said the Rio+20 conference was aimed at having a politically endorsed outcome document.
He said Solomon Islands led one of the smallest delegations as other countries have representatives from other ministries that accomplice sustainable development.
“Referring to members of my delegation that went they were vital part to this conference; as for the lands minister he accompanied me because in sustainable development you cannot have development without land, as for the minister of agriculture his attendance was because of sustainability for food security because when there is no farmer, there is no food and there is no future,” the Prime Minister said while quoting an African leader he met at Rio.
Prime Minister Lilo added that the environment minister’s inclusion on the other hand was because he played a role in looking after our natural environment and climate change.
He also explained that the public service minister was also included in the delegation because the whole concept of sustainable development also tied up with creating jobs.
“And so with people to come up with comments that inclusion of some members of our delegation was irrelevant, comes from people who cannot see the connection of what the priority of the meeting was all about,” Prime Minister Lilo said.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister acknowledged that the Rio+20 has been a positive one for the Solomon Islands.
He said the conference was a platform for countries like Solomon Islands and other pacific island nations to tell the world what to do to achieve sustainable development.
“Rio provided the opportunity for us to strengthen the strategic partnership that we can work on in closing the gap between the developed and developing nations,” the Prime Minister said.
Prime Minister Lilo and his delegation returned yesterday afternoon.
By Douglas Marau
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