News Release: World Ocean Council

25 July 2018

The WOC is honored to announce its most recent new members – Tian Sian Shipping Ltd of Singapore, a pioneer in ocean clean up, and the James Michel Foundation, established by the Former President of the Seychelles.
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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).

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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.

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NEW YORK 23 March 2018 – Enterprises including SMEs in small island developing States – among others – who are in the field of commodity development such as agriculture, minerals and metals currently have the opportunity to apply for financial support from the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC). The CFC is currently running its 12th open call for proposals and the deadline of 31 March 2018 is fast approaching. Read More

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

NEW YORK 16 March, 2018 – Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are a major component of development worldwide and the issue of access to ICT is especially important for small island developing States (SIDS), many of which are facing connectivity challenges. Read More

1 November 2017, NEW YORK – Bluerise, a company previously featured on the SIDS Global Business Network, has been actively developing cutting edge energy technology to harness the ocean’s power. It started its initial technology development in 2012 and is now working to scale up operations in the Caribbean to build its first sustainable energy project based on ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC). Read More

Rising Waters and Public Awareness, by Susan Israel

22 September 2017, Newton, Massachusetts – Will the recent hurricanes, heat waves and fires in the United States and Caribbean finally serve as the call to action for which we have been waiting? 70% of Americans understand that climate change is happening and that it will harm future generations of humans, animals and plants, about 53% accept it is anthropogenic, and yet only 40% believe that it will affect them personally (data from Yale Climate opinion Maps, 2016: http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/visualizations-data/ycom-us-2016/. This lack of personal urgency leads to inaction. The problem of perceived risk seems to be largely an American problem, rooted in cultural outlook, misinformation campaigns and politics. In other words, it is an emotional, cultural and communications problem, not a data problem. We have plenty of data. People don’t seem to respond to data, and when they do, they become overwhelmed, hopeless and apathetic in the face of something so big they cannot conceive of personally impacting it. So how do we reach out, convey the risks of climate change, and mobilize people to act in whatever ways they can? Read More

2 August 2017, New York – Innovation and entrepreneurship are no longer just buzzwords for the private sector. They have been utilized by the public sector, large international organizations like the United Nations, and numerous NGOs. Earlier this year, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres even stated that “without innovation, there is no way we can overcome the challenges of our time”.

For Small Island Developing States and their unique challenges, including vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters, innovation and entrepreneurship are essential ingredients for economic growth and achieving the other elements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Read More

10 July 2017, New York – Article by Swimsol GmbH

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face numerous challenges in their struggle towards a sustainable future. Currently, SIDS are still heavily dependent on fossil fuel imports and rely strongly on diesel for their electricity production. This is not only environmentally damaging, but, perhaps even more important for the local population, it is also one of the most expensive forms of electrical energy. Read More

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