Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 28th 2015 Contents Dennis Moses, Minister of For-
eign and Caricom Affairs, has
reaffirmed T&T's commitment to
the United Nations Post-2015
Development Agenda which
focuses on enhanced international
co-operation in economic, social,
environmental and cultural
spheres, while promoting respect
for human rights.
He said the country s implemen-
tation of the 2030 sustainable devel-
opment agenda will be guided by its
own national development strategy.
Moses participated in the UN
Summit for the Adoption of the
Post-2015 Development Agenda on
Friday and Saturday in New York.
The event was attended by Pope
Francis, the UN Secretary General,
and other world leaders including
the Chancellor of the Federal Repub-
lic of Germany, the President of
Colombia, the Prime Ministers of
the Commonwealth of the Bahamas,
India and Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines, as well as the Minister
of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
During the Summit, member
states formally adopted an ambi-
tious new sustainable development
agenda which is expected to serve
as the launch pad for action by the
international community and
national governments to promote
shared prosperity and well-being
for all over the next 15 years.
In his statement, Minister Moses
said although grounded in the Mil-
lennium Development Goals
(MDGs), the sustainable develop-
ment agenda was more compre-
hensive and integrated and there-
fore more coherent in application.
He noted that it is anchored in
the principle that "no one shall be
left behind" and should represent
triumph for all states, including
the small and marginalised."
Moses said despite T&T s middle
income status, as a Small Island
Developing State (SIDS), the coun-
try still faces many developmental
In this regard, he underlined the
importance of revitalisation of the
global partnership for development
which should continue to recognise
the unique developmental chal-
lenges faced by SIDS and the need
to design financial tools and facil-
ities to effectively respond to these
He assured that T&T will con-
tinue to work with all partners
toward achievement of this criti-
cally important objective.
In his address, Pope Francis
urged the international community
to take action against poverty,
inequality of opportunity, and cli-
mate change, who remarked that
"any harm done to the environ-
ment is harm done to humanity".
He called upon all leaders to put
aside individual interest and instead
focus on the collective good of all.
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Moses: T&T committed to UN agenda
Dennis Moses, Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs, as he addressed the the United Nations (UN) Summit for
the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda in New York.
The International Code Council
(ICC) has written to Minister of
Housing and Urban Development
Marlene Mc Donald asking to be
paid US$27,000 owed to them for
development of T&T's National
In a congratulatory letter sent to
the minister on September 24, Raj
Nathan ICC s head of Global Serv-
ices said the body had an agreement
with the T&T government to assist
in development of building codes.
These include 2015 International
Building Code, International Res-
idential Code for one and Two fam-
ily dwellings, International Mechan-
ical Code, International Fuel Gas
Code, International Plumbing Code,
International Green Construction
Code, Energy Conservations Code,
Fire Code and Solar Energy Provi-
sions. All of these codes are the
intellectual property of the ICC.
Nathan said over the past year,
ICC has been in communication
with Shyankaran Lalla, chairman
of the Cabinet appointed National
Building Code Committee of T&T.
He said ICC s executive vice
president Mark Johnson had visited
and met various officials, including
the former minister Dr Roodlal
Moonilal, members of the National
Building Code Committee and
members of the engineering com-
munity to discuss development of
international building codes.
He said during one of the meet-
ings, an agreement was signed to
provide licensing details of the
ICC s International Codes.
"We had signed the agreement
on the condition of US$27,000
being transferred to the ICC
towards the use of the I-codes to
develop the T&T National Building
Codes. We respectfully request that
you review the documents and
approve to release the funding
towards the development of the
building codes," Nathan said.
Copies of the agreement obtained
by the T&T Guardian show that
the Ministry of Housing would have
a non-exclusive license to use ICC s
adopted codes. Authorisation was
given for the codes to be reproduced
and commercially distributed in
print and electronic format.
Lalla said yesterday that buildings
codes must be developed with a
sense of urgency.
"It should be noted that the
planning and facilitation of land
development Act which was par-
tially proclaimed, cannot be fully
implemented with building codes,"
he said, adding that "without build-
ing codes to regulate the safe design
and administration of resilient
structures, we will continue to see
poor quality work."
Lalla also called for a revamping
of Town and Country and local
government departments respon-
sible for the approval of land devel-
Efforts to contact Mc Donald for
comment yesterday were futile and
Moonilal did not respond to ques-
tions sent to him via text.
Independent Liberal Party
(ILP) chairman Rekha Ramjit
and member Simeon Mahabir
have submitted nomination
forms to vie for the post of
political leader of the party.
This was comfirmed yesterday
by the ILP's Elections Com-
mittee. Nominations closed on
Shortly after the party s
defeat in the September 7 gen-
eral elections, political leader
Jack Warner announced plans
to step down within 30 days
and said elections will be held
to elect a new leader.
All members of the ILP
whose names appear on the
party s membership list will be
eligible to vote in the October
10 internal election.
Persons who wish to verify
that their names are on the
membership list are asked to
call 800-4ILP (800-4457). The
details of the locations of polling
stations are being finalised and
will be announced shortly.
ICC wants payment from Government
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