NEW YORK 20 March, 2018 – Small island developing States (SIDS) are facing numerous challenges related to freshwater resources including: pollution, over-exploitation of surface, ground and coastal waters, saline intrusion, drought and water scarcity. Furthermore, changes in rainfall patterns related to climate change have potentially major impacts on water supply for islands. Read More

7 June 2017, New York – On the third day of the 2017 Ocean Conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, global business leaders gathered at a side event to emphasize the private sector’s role in saving our oceans. The side event, titled The Ocean Business Community: Partnering for Implementation of SDG 14, was co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Ocean Council, and the United Nations Global Compact. Read More

New York, 22 September 2016 – Small island leaders met with partners from the private sector, civil society and United Nations in New York this week to discuss the eradication of plastic pollution from the ocean and formulate an alliance to avoid, intercept and redesign plastics. Read More

New York, 8 June 2016 – At a special event marking World Oceans Day 2016 with the arrival of the Hōkūleʻa voyaging canoe in New York, Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) and Mr. Cyrill Gutsch, Founder of Parley for the Oceans announced collaboration between the two organisations with a special invitation to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to rally together to adopt the Parley A.I.R. Strategy (Avoid, Intercept, Redesign) and join the movement to eradicate one of the biggest threats to the marine ecosystem: plastic pollution and set a tone of unity and action towards The Ocean Conference to be held at UN Headquarters in New York. Read More

New York, 28 September 2015 – In recognising their important role as stewards of the oceans, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have been at the forefront in demonstrating strong leadership by calling for ambitious and urgent action on the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and marine resources. In this regard, the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) organized a high level event on Oceans and implementing the SAMOA Pathway and SDG 14 by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through public-private partnerships.  The event focused on the importance of healthy Oceans for global food security, livelihoods and economic growth for SIDS. Special attention was paid to the role of public-private partnerships in spurring sustainable growth and increasing economic benefits within SIDS regions. Read More

New York, 28 August 2015 – Businesses of all sizes and sectors are contributing to sustainable development the world over.  For the United Nations (UN), most UN entities are actively working with business to address a wide spectrum of issues from: health, food security, education, disaster risk reduction, decent work, tourism, renewable energy and climate change. There are various routes taken for collaboration from small rural businesses to start-ups, small and medium enterprises to large multinational corporations.  Collaboration can likewise be with single businesses through to broad value-based frameworks for action in the form of multi-stakeholder collective initiatives. Read More

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. Read More

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