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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), the Government of Samoa and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the 2014 Third International Conference on small island developing States in Samoa.

The SIDS-GBN is a platform aimed at advocating, catalyzing and encouraging international businesses to focus on SIDS as potential partnership opportunities and vise versa.  Aside from acting as a resources hub, the SIDS-GBN also forges greater collaboration among SIDS regional private sector organisations and exploring avenues to strengthen inter-regional business alliances.

The SIDS-GBN fosters greater awareness of the importance 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 and respects the development aspirations of local communities in line with the SAMOA Pathway and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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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