Recognizing special circumstances facing small island developing states, the UN Conference in Samoa generated more than $1.9 billion in partnerships for sustainable development.
Nearly 300 partnerships between governments, businesses and civil society organizations from all over the world have been registered to support small island developing states bringing the total value of these commitments to over USD $1.9 billion, the United Nations announced today at the conclusion of the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
UNIC 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.
On Monday 23 June, the final preparations for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (1-4 September, Samoa) will take place at UN Headquarters in New York with the start of the PrepCom (23-27 June) and other related events. Continue reading →
As part of the celebrations for the International Year of Small Island Developing States the UN is looking for images that showcase the beauty and richness of this group of countries. You can enter photos under three categories: culture, environment and development. Continue reading →
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 →