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, 22 March 2016 – A global business network for small island developing states was launched on March 22nd, 2016 at a public private partnerships event (P3a) in Aruba. The network, an initiative of the UN Office for the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UNOHRLLS), will link up Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by connecting the SIDS private sector, global business and other national and international stakeholders. Read More
New York, 12 February 2017 – Sylvie and Kitiona Salanoa, owners of natural skincare brand Mailelani Samoa, have always nurtured a dream to showcase the beauty, tranquility and lush lifestyle of their homeland Samoa, and of the islands. They need not look further than their compound, as staring them in the face as they lounged in their veranda was the ever hardy, resourceful coconut tree!
They vowed that they wanted to develop a business that was not simply about making money. Their shared vision was to boost the local economy, by getting villagers to participate and benefit from active enterprise and showcasing the results from locally produced products using home grown resources. Read More
New York, 5 February 2016 – Jointly convened by the Government of Aruba and the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), the Aruba Public-Private Partnerships Conference (P3a) will be held in Oranjestad from March 22nd-24th, 2016 at the Renaissance Resort, Aruba. The Conference will bring together Small Island Developing States with PPP leaders, governments, private companies, financial institutions and knowledge centers to share best practices, showcase successful PPP projects and recall progress made since the Private Sector Partnerships Forum at the 2014 SIDS Conference in Samoa. The Conference will also see the official launch of the SIDS Global Business Network. Read More
New York, 28 September 2015 – Organized by the SIDS DOCK Steering Committee, with the support of the Governments of Austria, Denmark and Japan; in conjunction with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) , this historic event marked the formal establishment of SIDS DOCK as a registered global inter-governmental organization through the transfer of the instruments of ratification to the United Nations, and Adoption of the Declaration by SIDS Heads of State and Government.
SIDS DOCK is an initiative among member countries of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to help SIDS develop low carbon economies that generate the financial resources to invest in climate change adaptation and assist SIDS transform their national energy sectors into a catalyst for sustainable economic development. 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 – Sharing best practices, lessons learned, business leads, contacts and referrals are amongst the key facets of building successful businesses and in creating the right environment to scale up and strengthen mutual partnerships. This holds true at the national, regional and international levels. Fostering greater private sector collaboration and information sharing between the AIMS, Caribbean and Pacific therefore makes business sense for a variety of reasons. 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, 27 August 2015 – Switching to renewable energy sources is a promising prospect for small island developing States (SIDS) as so many are heavily affected by the high and volatile prices of fossil fuels. Importantly, SIDS have set ambitious goals – under the 2012 Barbados Declaration for Sustainable Energy for All in SIDS – to boost energy efficiency and achieve – in some cases – 100% renewable energy use. Samoa for instance announced in mid-2015 its goal to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2017. SIDS are amongst the most ardent voices on the impacts of climate change on islands and the world at large, and are leading the call for a rapid transition to renewable energy as an important contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Through durable partnerships with all stakeholders, the transition from fossil fuels remains an achievable goal for these countries in a very short space of time. 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