Tag Archives: SIDS

Nine steps to cut poverty and inequality in Pacific Island Countries

A new United Nations report offers concrete recommendations to reverse a rising trend of poverty, vulnerability and exclusion in Pacific Island countries. The report, launched ahead of next week’s International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa, presents specific policy options on how to foster more inclusive and sustainable human development during a time of profound change in the Pacific region. Continue reading

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

 Calling small island developing nations a magnifying glass for vulnerabilities around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the international community to form durable partnerships and recommit to supporting sustainable development in these countries. Continue reading

UN expects upcoming Samoa small island conference to generate vital partnerships

The United Nations expects over 300 initiatives to be announced two weeks from now at a major world conference aimed at fostering partnerships with small island developing States, a top UN organizing official has said. Continue reading

Media briefings on Small Island Developing States and Climate Change

briefingUNIC Canberra held media briefings in Australia and New Zealand to inform journalists and other interested parties about two upcoming UN conferences. The Third International UN Conference on Small Island Developing States SIDS) is being held in Samoa from the 28 August – 4 September and the UN Climate Summit in New York on the 23 September.

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Garden Weeds: A new source of renewable energy in Samoa

In Samoa, an innovative project idea is turning an environmental challenge into an energy asset. Samoa will turn the invasive Merremia vine, other invasive weeds and green agricultural waste into renewable energy in the form of clean biogas.  Continue reading

Ban Ki-Moon: What We Can All Learn From Small Islands

You may know the world’s Small Island Developing States as prized destinations, places of outstanding natural beauty, vibrant culture and music appreciated around the globe. Continue reading

Launch of Samoan Youth Chapter of Global Network for the Future of Small Islands

On Monday 24 February, Samoan Youth launched the Local Chapter of the Global Network for the Future of Small Islands at Robert Louis Stevenson Secondary School in Apia. During the event, students as well as young farmers from across the country, teachers, representatives from the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and from UN agencies came together to highlight the importance of young people in the future of Samoa and its sustainable development. Continue reading

Launch of International Year of Small Island Developing States

The United Nations launched the International Year of Small Islands Developing States on the 24th of February, celebrating 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. Continue reading