23 October, 2019

OSLO –Healthy oceans guarantee productive livelihoods, food security and socio-economic benefits for the world’s small island developing states (SIDS). However, these benefits are being severely tested. The oceans today are severely affected by the climate crisis, over-fishing, pollution and biodiversity loss. New and transformative ocean partnerships are urgently required to support SIDS in building their resilience and coping with the challenges they face.

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8 July, 2019

NEW YORK – Affordable and clean energy is critical for economic and social development including for the world’s small island developing States (SIDS). Having access to sustainable energy and the need to create long-lasting partnerships is a high priority for this group of countries. The SAMOA Pathway, the dedicated programme of action for SIDS, recognizes the call for sustainable energy as one of the top priorities for small islands.

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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.” 

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25 March 2019

NEW YORK – 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.

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15 February 2019

NEW YORK – 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.  

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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.

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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.

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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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