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.
Organized by the UN Global Compact, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the International Chamber of Commerce, this webinar on June 27, 2019 at 09:30 am (Eastern Standard Time) will raise awareness about the global Sustainable Development Goal processes and partnership possibilities available to the private sector in the lead up to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) and UN General Assembly Week (UNGA), with a focus on the small island developing states (SIDS).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?