New York, 2 February 2017 – Article by Diego Acevedo, Co-Founder, Bluerise
Due to their small scale, most tropical islands suffer from high energy costs related to the import of liquid fuels, such as diesel or heavy fuel oil. With conventional electricity costs often ranging well above 20 to 50 U.S. cents per kilowatt-hour, these countries would benefit from the more rapid implementation of sustainable energy alternatives. Read More
New York, 26 January 2017 – The United Nations is set to convene the The Ocean Conference from June 5th-9th 2017 to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference, to be held at UN headquarters in New York, is seen as a breakthrough for global commitment to reverse the decline in the health of the ocean with a strong focus on solutions and effective engagement by all stakeholders. 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, 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