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In a landmark address to the 70th UN Gen-
eral Assembly in New York yesterday, T&T s
new Foreign and Caricom Affairs Minister
Dennis Moses said this country s entire Gov-
ernment would be assigned the responsibility
of ensuring the security of its citizens.
Moses said the new PNM government s
"commitment to the safety and security of our
citizens remains undiminished."
He said, "It is the intention of the Govern-
ment to adopt a whole of Government
approach to national security, in which all min-
istries and national agencies will share respon-
sibility, and will be accountable for the safety
of the State."
Moses said in an attempt to promote "an
integrated and resilient whole-of-Government
approach to national security, and to contribute
to the attainment of sustainable development
in line with the government s strategic vision
for developed country status by 2030, the Gov-
ernment will actively pursue mechanisms to
strengthen national capacities to reduce risk
and to build community resilience to threats
to national security."
Admitting that the 15 minutes allocated for
his address would not allow for a thorough review
of the government s strategy, he opted to list some
of the measures targeted for implementation.
Moses said one measure was the development "of
an adaptable defence and security posture to ensure
that the traditional role of the military is integrated
with new roles to ensure the security of the State."
He said others were the "establishment of a Joint
Border Protection Agency; adoption of an Intelli-
gence-led National Security Architecture, and
enhancement of our Disaster Risk Management Capa-
Moses said the theme of the assembly s General
Debate, The UN at 70---The road ahead for peace,
security and human rights, was both most fitting
Moses said T&T remained a strong advocate for
the reform of the Security Council, adding that the
reform should be done "to better enable this body
to respond to the various security and other challenges
which currently confront the international commu-
He said, "This is especially so, having regard to
the fact that in the contemporary world, warfare is
no longer the exclusive preserve of nation states."
Moses said the UN "must therefore respond with
alacrity to these threats in a manner which is accept-
able to all Member States. This is achievable if the
Security Council is reformed to genuinely reflect the
diversity that today characterises and embodies the
He said for small states like T&T the maintenance
of international peace and security was of paramount
"We are keenly aware that our prospects for achiev-
ing sustainable development are inextricably linked
to the safety and security of our people," Moses
He noted, however, that "Our ability to provide
such safety and security is increasingly being stretched,
given that T&T is located in a region heavily impacted
by the trafficking of small arms and light weapons,
as well as its attendant ills."
According to Moses, "This illicit trade is trans-
boundary in nature and is largely associated with the
drug trade and its international criminal networks."
He said as a consequence, "T&T and Caricom fully
subscribe to the aims and objectives of the Arms
Trade Treaty, as a critical vehicle to address the
scourge of the illicit arms trade.
"We do so because we understand all too well that
the continued presence of this menace in our region
can, if left unchecked, undermine our peace and
security and limit our progress towards sustainable
T&T "is at high risk of being severely affected by
the devastating effects of climate change, and has
therefore made mitigation measures a national priority,
within the practical constraints of its limited financial
capability," Moses added.
He noted the recent destructive effects of tropical
storm Erika on Dominica, adding that it had set back
that country s development by many years.
Climate change and development were closely
inter-linked, he said, and T&T "has adopted a proac-
tive posture on this issue and has submitted its
Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to
the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
Change, ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Confer-
Moses said: "It is our expectation, in conformity
with that of the Caribbean Community, that any
credible agreement from the Paris Climate Change
Conference must set the world on a path to decar-
bonisation of the global economy before the end of
"In order to achieve this, the agreement must be
legally binding and contain provisions on mitigation,
adaptation, finance, transparency and compliance
which would ensure that the increase in average
global temperatures can be limited to less than 1.5
degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels."
Foreign and Caricom Affairs
Minister Dennis Moses
Moses: Govt committed to keeping citizens safe
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