International Year of Small Island Developing States 2014

The International Year of Small Island Developing states, declared in the 2012 General Assembly resolution A/RES/67/206, aims to promote the achievement of sustainable development of small island developing States.

The Year will highlight the common links between small islands developing States and other countries, and encourage new partnerships to achieve a sustainable future for generations to come.

The United Nations will launch the International Year of Small Islands Developing States on the 24th of February to celebrate the economic, social and cultural contributions that this group of countries has made to the world, as well as raise awareness of the challenges they face such as climate change and rising sea levels.

The Year coincides with the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia, Samoa from the 1 to 4 September.  The Conference will seek a renewed political commitment to address the special needs and vulnerabilities of SIDS by focusing on practical actions. Building on assessments of previous commitments (such as the Barbados Programme of Action and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation), the Conference will aim to identify and address new and emerging challenges and opportunities for sustainable development of SIDS, particularly through the strengthening of partnerships between these islands and the international community. Many issues that will be addressed at the Conference are also central to the post-2015 development agenda.