UNESCO: Islands of the Future – Building resilience in a changing world

The ‘Islands of the Future – Building resilience in a changing world’ booklet highlights UNESCO activities in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), covering the period from 2006-2013.

Contributing towards a new vision and commitment for small islands, UNESCO action in support of its 47 Member States and Associate Members is anchored in its mandated fields of education, basic and natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, communication and information. 

The overriding goals are to build capacities and networks; promote problem solving actions; mobilize key actors and constituencies; and generate momentum and impact that are culturally sensitive and scientifically-sound. Addressing this challenge calls for meaningful collaboration between societal and institutional sectors (intersectoral collaboration), among islands and regions (intra- and inter regional cooperation) and across generations (intergenerational solidarity).

Together with governments, civil society, regional bodies and other international actors, UNESCO continues its efforts to ensure the effective implementation of the BPoA and the Mauritius Strategy in a multidisciplinary and participatory manner. The Organization will actively engage in follow-up to the Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa in 2014, while contributing to the elaboration of the post-2015 Goals.

Building on the achievements of its dedicated SIDS intersectoral platform, UNESCO will keep SIDS at the center of its agenda in the forthcoming Medium-term Strategy for the period 2014 to 2021, as one of the Organization’s Overarching Objectives (alongside Youth, Least Developed Countries, Countries in Transition and Indigenous Peoples).