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SIDS 2014 Conference Accreditation and Registration Open, Zero Draft of Outcome Document Released

arton4420The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS 2014) will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 at the Faleata Sports Complex in Apia, Independent State of Samoa. Two remaining preparatory meetings for the Conference will be held at UN Headquarters in New York: an intersessional from 21-25 April, and the second Preparatory Committee Meeting from 23-27 June.

Pre-registration for the preparatory process and the SIDS Conference
Pre-registration is required via www.sids2014.org/majorgroups for all civil society organizations wanting to participate in the preparatory process and in the Conference in Samoa. Organizations that may immediately pre-register are those that are:
> in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
> accredited to previous conferences on the sustainable development of the Small Island Developing States, held in Barbados and Mauritius (BPOA, BPOA+5, MSI, MSI+5).

Civil society organizations that are not accredited to ECOSOC or to previous conferences on the sustainable development of the Small Island Developing States may participate in the SIDS 2014 Conference through an ad-hoc accreditation process. Please apply here. Deadline: 12 May 2014.

Compendium of inputs to the preparatory process
A compendium of inputs to the Conference preparatory process from all stakeholders thus far is available here.

Zero draft of the Conference outcome document released / Civil society “shadow zero draft” underway
The zero draft of the outcome document for the Conference is available here. Major Groups and other stakeholders are preparing a “shadow zero draft” to present to the Bureau for the preparatory process at the 21-25 April intersessional. To contribute to this process, please contact the Major Groups Organizing Partners.

Hotel and travel
Organizations are responsible for making the necessary arrangements for their travel and accommodation. Due to the limited amount of hotels in Apia, reservations should be made well in advance at the centralized accommodation booking system at www.sidssamoa2014.ws, no later than 30 June 2014.

Plan to arrive early to take part in pre-Conference activities to be held at the golf course adjacent to the Conference venue:
28 August Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Forum
29 August Youth Forum
30 August Renewable energy Forum/meeting
30-31 August Private Sector Partnerships Forum

Civil society steering committee
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA-DSD), with the support of the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), is setting up a civil society steering committee to ensure broad and inclusive participation of civil society organizations in the SIDS Conference, and to organize the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Forum in collaboration with DESA-DSD. This committee will be composed of 18 members: one representative from each of the 9 Major Groups, plus 9 representatives from SIDS-based civil society organizations – 3 from each of the SIDS regions (AIMS, Caribbean and Pacific). DESA-DSD, with the support of UN-NGLS, has just launched a month-long process open to all SIDS-based civil society organizations to determine the SIDS representatives to serve on the steering committee. Each Major Group will conduct its own process to determine its representative. More information and the nomination forms are available at http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1545.

The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to develop constructive relations between the UN and civil society organizations.

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