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.” 

In 2018, a series of regional preparatory meetings as well as an interregional meeting for SIDS were held to review the progress and implementation of the SAMOA Pathway at the national and regional levels. A series of partnership dialogues also took place on the margins of the preparatory meetings to support the work of the SIDS Partnership Framework and the preparatory process related to the SAMOA Pathway mid-term review.

For organisations, including the private sector, wishing to take part in the Midterm Review, the application for special-accreditation is now open at:  https://reg.unog.ch/event/30154/ 

For the accreditation process, it is important to note the following:

  1.  Accreditation is mandatory to enable registration for the High-Level Mid-Term Review Meeting.
  2. Accreditation requests must be made ONLY on behalf of organizations or institutions and NOT as individuals. 
  3. Applying for accreditation requires important information on organizations such as annual report, by-laws and motivation letter.  
  4. Registration will open once accrediation has been finalized and will be announced on this UN website: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sids/samoareview

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States was held from 1-4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. The Conference adopted the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action – or SAMOA Pathway and the announcement of 300 multistakeholder partnerships in support of SIDS. It also established a unique intergovernmental SIDS Partnership Framework, designed to monitor progress of existing, and stimulate the launch of new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS

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

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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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. Read More

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. Read More

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