7 June, 2019
NEW YORK – On 27 September 2019, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a one-day high level review of the progress made on the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway; the dedicated programme of action for small island developing States (SIDS). The outcome of the high level review will be “a concise action oriented and inter-governmentally agreed political declaration.”
In 2018, a series of regional preparatory meetings as well as an interregional meeting for SIDS were held to review the progress and implementation of the SAMOA Pathway at the national and regional levels. A series of partnership dialogues also took place on the margins of the preparatory meetings to support the work of the SIDS Partnership Framework and the preparatory process related to the SAMOA Pathway mid-term review.
For organisations, including the private sector, wishing to take part in the Midterm Review, the application for special-accreditation is now open at: https://reg.unog.ch/event/30154/
For the accreditation process, it is important to note the following:
- Accreditation is mandatory to enable registration for the High-Level Mid-Term Review Meeting.
- Accreditation requests must be made ONLY on behalf of organizations or institutions and NOT as individuals.
- Applying for accreditation requires important information on organizations such as annual report, by-laws and motivation letter.
- Registration will open once accrediation has been finalized and will be announced on this UN website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sids/samoareview
The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States was held from 1-4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. The Conference adopted the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action – or SAMOA Pathway and the announcement of 300 multistakeholder partnerships in support of SIDS. It also established a unique intergovernmental SIDS Partnership Framework, designed to monitor progress of existing, and stimulate the launch of new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS
The tourism industry is progressively adopting business practices which attempt to balance environmental, social and economic impacts. In small island developing States, initiatives are being rolled out which brings governments, civil society and the private sector together to forge innovative solutions which marry profitability with social and environmental wellbeing.Read More
15 February 2019
An insufficient resource base, a limited capacity of resilience to disasters, high costs of communication, energy and transportation as well as fragile natural environments are all posing significant challenges for small island developing States. Solutions can be found with the help of innovative technologies that enable efficiency and ease in addressing the risks.Read More
28 January 2019 – Achieving universal access to modern energy services is truly transformational; lighting for schools, functioning healthcare clinics, pumps for water and sanitation, cleaner indoor air and more. And this is certainly the case for small island developing States (SIDS). However, while many SIDS have high rates of access to electricity, on the other hand they have tended to lag behind global renewable energy installation despite the falling costs of solar and wind power.Read More
3 December 2018 – Finding investment opportunities across an entire region can often be a daunting task, but for those seeking investment opportunities in the Pacific islands, The Hub, by Pacific Islands Trade and Invest, collates investment and trade opportunities in one convenient location.
Ranging from tourism, agriculture, forestry to skin care and cosmetics, The Hub features current investment opportunities across 16 Pacific island nations. Investment opportunities range from full ownership to joint venture or passive investment.
Similarly, listings of trade opportunities by industry type helps international buyers find local suppliers in the islands. The Pacific is a rich source of fisheries, fresh agricultural produce, organic products as well as the creative industries.
Foreign investment has played an increasingly important role in many of the Pacific island nations in areas ranging from raw materials such as copra, timber and fisheries to service-sector activities including tourism, financing and telecommunications.
Pacific Islands Trade and Invest is the New Zealand arm of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat based in Fiji. Focusing on export-capable businesses across the Pacific Islands, the organisation promotes and supports exporters from Pacific Island countries, in New Zealand. It also identifies investment opportunities in the 16 Pacific Islands it represents – Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, FSM, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
Two pilot projects by the LAUNCH Legends initiative, part of the LAUNCH Food platform, have been active in the Pacific island countries of Tonga and Fiji, bringing school children together around game-based education aimed at promoting healthy eating and better nutrition.
The projects are geared towards teaching young children the value of healthy eating and in particular with an emphasis on traditional meals and local ingredients. Both projects are implemented through play-based teaching through apps; with the Fiji project also incorporating virtual reality.
Mauritius, 22 May 2018 – Representatives from governments, private sector, academia, civil society and the United Nations met at the 2018 SIDS Global Business Network Forum held in Mauritius to share best practices and lessons learned in strengthening partnerships for sustainable tourism in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
UN-OHRLLS together with the Government of Mauritius are convening the SIDS Global Business Network (SIDS-GBN) Forum from 21-22 May 2018, in Balaclava, Mauritius. This will be the third in a series of SIDS private sector partnership fora launched by UN-OHRLLS and its partners. The SIDS-GBN was announced in 2014 at the first forum, which OHRLLS co-organised with Government of Samoa and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, in Apia, Samoa.