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Overview of the 2014 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference

arton4519The third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will be held in Apia from 1 - 4 September. In this article, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) provides an overview of the Conference.

Samoa will host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia from 1 - 4 September.


The Conference will examine the sustainable development of SIDS through genuine and durable partnerships, including through six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues addressing:

• Sustainable Economic Development

• Climate change & Disaster Risk Management

• Social Development in SIDS, Health and Non-Communicable Diseases, Youth and Women

• Sustainable Energy

• Oceans, Seas and Biodiversity

• Water and Sanitation, Food Security and Waste Management

The strong emphasis on partnerships ensures a prominent role for Major Groups and other stakeholders in the third international SIDS Conference. Serving as a forum to build on existing partnerships, as well as to launch innovative and concrete new ones, the Conference features an online Partnerships Platform registry that is open to all stakeholders.

The Partnerships Platform currently contains more than 350 registered partnerships for SIDS, and is expected to grow in the lead-up to the Conference. Nearly half of all partnerships for SIDS include Major Groups and other stakeholders.

Major Groups and other stakeholders will also be well represented at the SIDS Conference with close to 700 participants registered from all regions of the world. The nine Major Groups sectors held several preparatory meetings in the days just prior to the Conference, and will participate in the general debate of the Conference and its six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues, as well as more than 100 different side events. The Government of Samoa has made arrangements for dozens of parallel off-site events, a SIDS village, and an exhibition pavilion to showcase trade, crafts and culture from all regions.

On 11 July, the SIDS Preparatory Committee concluded negotiations on the draft outcome document to be adopted at the Conference. The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway is available online here.

For more information, visit the official Conference website.


This article is available in Spanish and in French.

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