Speaking today in Cork the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Mr Simon Coveney T.D. launched a new strategy for Ireland’s partnership with Small Island Developing States.
Speaking in advance of the Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork, an international gathering of representatives of island nations from around the globe, the Tánaiste said:
“Ireland today takes a step forward in our friendship with Small Island States. As a small country, we know how powerful we can be when our friends understand our concerns and work with us to address them. In facing the climate challenge of a generation, deepening our partnerships is essential to help us face an uncertain future together.”
The new strategy will see Ireland work closely with Small Island States in international processes, particularly at the United Nations, to coordinate action to address shared challenges on climate change and the blue economy.
Ireland will also establish a permanent network of Envoys to support and further develop our relationship with Small Island Developing States and champion their concerns within the EU and other fora.