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Pacific Small Island Developing States Preparatory Meeting for the Midterm Review of the SAMOA Pathway

WHAT: The Government of the Kingdom of Tonga is hosting the Pacific small island developing States preparatory meeting for the Midterm Review of the SAMOA Pathway from 19-21 June 2018.

The meeting is jointly 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) and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) with support from the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the United Nations Development Programme.

The SAMOA Pathway is the dedicated 10-year programme of action for small island developing States (SIDS) adopted at the Third International Conference on SIDS held in Apia, Samoa in 2014. Discussions at the upcoming Pacific regional meeting will contribute to ongoing dialogue on implementing the SAMOA Pathway as well as on achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals. Regional meetings are taking place in 2018 followed by the Midterm Review of the SAMOA Pathway in 2019.

WHERE: Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Terminal and Wharf Facility, Nuku’alofa

WHEN: 19-21 June 2018

WHY: SIDS remain a special case for sustainable development and are among the most vulnerable of the United Nations’ Member States; susceptible to shocks including from natural disasters and economic. Events over the last few years clearly demonstrate the susceptibility of SIDS to these shocks as demonstrated by the impacts of Cyclone Pam on Vanuatu (2015) where a generation of development was lost in a matter of hours; the impact of Cyclone Winston (2016) on Fiji; and the destruction created by Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the Caribbean in 2017.

The Pacific regional meeting is an opportunity to assess progress in meeting commitments to the sustainable development of SIDS in the region. It is also a time to share best practices and lessons learned in the first five years of implementation of the SAMOA Pathway. Discussions will also identify gaps in implementation and addressing these through partnerships and integration with the wider 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals.

WHO: The regional meeting will draw participation from the small island developing States in the Pacific, development partners, representatives of the United Nations and other relevant international organizations, international financial institutions, the private sector, civil society and academia.

Wednesday 19 June 2018
09:00 – 09:45 Official Opening

Dates of note:
(i) Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea (AIMS) to be held in Balaclava, Mauritius, on 23-25 May 2018,
(ii) Pacific region to be held in Nuku’alofa, the Kingdom of Tonga, 19 – 21 June 2018
(iii) Caribbean region, to be held in Belize, 7-9 August 2018.
(iv) Inter-Regional meeting is tentatively scheduled for October, in Apia, Samoa
(v) 2019: Mid-Term Review of the SAMOA Pathway is scheduled for September, New York, USA

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Mr. Damien Sass, Public Information Officer sass@un.org