New York, 26 August 2015 – The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action Pathway (SAMOA Pathway) recognises the increasingly important role of the private sector in achieving the sustainable economic development of SIDS including through cooperation and partnerships with inter-governmental and public sectors.
The theme of the 2014 SIDS Conference in Samoa was “The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships.” The theme of partnerships is an important aspect and guiding principle of the SIDS-GBN. Through the SAMOA Pathway, the international community reaffirmed that small island developing States are equal partners and that empowered, genuine and durable partnerships are based on mutual collaboration and ownership, trust, alignment, harmonization, respect, results orientation, accountability and transparency and that political will is required to undertake and implement long-term, predictable commitments. Partnerships in all their forms, regardless of size and economic value, should be utilized, enhanced and strengthened to ensure the meaningful engagement of various actors (including local authorities, civil society and non-governmental organizations, foundations, the private sector and international financial institutions) and should work to achieve the small island developing States’ vision of self-reliance and to cooperate in the implementation of national policies that help to fulfill the commitments made in the Barbados Programme of Action, the Mauritius Strategy, the SAMOA Pathway, the Millennium Development Goals and other international declarations and instruments.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivers the keynote address at the High Level Dialogue session of the Private Sector Partnerships Forum in Apia, Samoa, on Sunday 31 August 2014. The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, co-chaired the session with Chairman of Digicel, Denis O’Brien.
UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya discusses the importance of private sector partnerships for SIDS on the margins of the Private Sector Partnerships Forum, Apia, Samoa.
In relation to the private sector, the SAMOA Pathway has called for support on the efforts of SIDS to:
- Enhance the enabling environment at the national and regional levels to attract more public and private investment in building and maintaining appropriate infrastructure, transportation, electricity and power generation and ICTs, and enhancing the development impact of the private sector and the financial services industry;
- Promote and foster an environment conducive to increased public and private sector investment and the creation of decent jobs and livelihoods that contribute to sustainable development, with full respect for international labour standards;
- Promote and enhance gender equality and women’s equal participation, including in policies and programmes in the public and private sectors in SIDS;
- Establish and maintain, where necessary, the governance and management structures for sustainable tourism and human settlements that bring together responsibilities and expertise in the areas of tourism, environment, health, disaster risk reduction, culture, land and housing, transportation, security and immigration, planning and development, and enabling a meaningful partnership approach among the public and private sectors and local communities.
Some 300 partnerships were announced at the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa. Of the 300, some 68 were particular to the private sector. To learn more about these partnerships, visit the SIDS Action Platform. The Conference included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues, held in parallel with the plenary meetings of the conference:
- Sustainable Economic Development – Summary report | Partnership Brief
- Climate change & Disaster Risk management – Summary report (English) (Spanish) | Partnership Brief
- Social development in SIDS, Health and NCDs, youth and women – Summary report | Partnership Brief
- Sustainable Energy – Summary report | Partnership Brief
- Oceans, Seas and Biodiversity – Summary report | Partnership Brief
- Water and sanitation, food security and waste management – Summary report | Partnership Brief
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