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“Such a network [SIDS Global Business Network] will provide an important bridge to enable closer private sector ties between the three SIDS regions, but also with the international business community.”

Honourable Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa at the opening of the 2014 Private Sector Partnerships Forum, Apia, Samoa.

The Small Island Developing States Global Business Network (SIDS-GBN) was an outcome of the Private Sector Partnerships Forum – a pre-conference event co-organised by the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) at the 2014 Third International Conference on small island developing States in Samoa.

The SIDS-GBN fosters greater awareness of sustainable development as a guide to promoting dynamic business sectors that are driven by innovation, inclusive economic growth and job creation, but firmly rooted in social, environmental and economic standards that respect the development aspirations of local communities in line with the SAMOA Pathway and the Sustainable Development Goals.

SIDS-GBN consists of:

SIDS-GBN Forum which convenes the private sector, governments, UN system and other stakeholders to exchange best practices and lessons learned in forging private sector partnerships that support sustainable development in SIDS. The first forum took place on the margins of the 2014 SIDS Conference in Samoa consisting of three days of thematic discussions. Some 400 participants attended with concrete announcements made. To ensure continuity, the follow up forum took place in 2016, hosted by Aruba with a particular focus on public-private-partnerships in the areas of: oceans, sustainable agriculture, sustainable tourism, renewable energy, disaster risk reduction, financing, infrastructure and information and communication technology (ICT).   The SIDS-GBN Forum is the only dedicated SIDS private sector event by the UN.

SIDS-GBN Online Platform focusing on global advocacy for private sector partnerships in SIDS.  The online platform and resource hub shares best practices and lessons learned in private sector partnerships for SIDS.  The platform forges collaboration among SIDS regional private sector organisations and works towards strengthening inter-regional business alliances, catalysing and encouraging international businesses to focus on SIDS as potential market opportunities and vice versa. The online platform was launched in 2016 at the Aruba Private Sector Partnerships (P3a) forum.

The SIDS-GBN website is administered by UN-OHRLLS at UN Headquarters in New York. Our collaboration with the private sector is guided by the Guidelines on Cooperation between the United Nations and the Business Sector 

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