Tag Archives: SIDS2014

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

Small Island States are leading by example on Disaster Risk Reduction

Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction has said in a statement on the launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States that SIDS face some of the most extreme negative impacts of disaster and climate risk. But too often, the narrative fails to also capture the other side of the story: their strong will, leadership and ingenuity in tackling risk.

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UNEP: Green Economy Transition Promises Multiple Benefits for SIDS

Creating the enabling conditions for a Green Economy transition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) from improved public investment to reliable market instruments and better governance will help the estimated 50 million SIDS residents build climate resilience, achieve economic growth and enjoy better standards of living. Continue reading

Preparations underway for the 2014 SIDS Conference in Samoa

On 26-31 January, a UN delegation led by Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Mr Wu Hongbo travelled from New York to Samoa in order to coordinate the organization of the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to be held in Apia from 1-4 September 2014. Continue reading