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
7 June 2017, New York – On the third day of the 2017 Ocean Conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, global business leaders gathered at a side event to emphasize the private sector’s role in saving our oceans. The side event, titled The Ocean Business Community: Partnering for Implementation of SDG 14, was co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Ocean Council, and the United Nations Global Compact. Read More
The second annual Global Multi-stakeholder Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership Dialogue will take place on 7 June 2017, 1.15-2.30 PM in ECOSOC Chamber, organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) in consultation with the Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS, co-chaired by Maldives and Italy.
New York, 28 April 2017 – This month has seen a renewed focus on the private sector’s role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
On April 5th, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) hosted a Global Forum on Development in Paris with the expressed purpose to “optimise the private sector’s role in advancing sustainable development”. The United Nations (UN) facilitated a one-day SDG Financing Lab at its headquarters in New York on April 18th; one aim of the Lab was to increase awareness of “the significant business opportunities provided by the SDGs”. Most recently, on April 20th, at the World Bank Group (WBG) Spring Meeting in Washington, DC, a session on Implementing The 2030 Agenda called on the WBG “to scale up its financing mobilisation efforts from both public and private sources”. 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, 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, 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