Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

Event date: 1 September 2014 - 4 September 2014

City: Apia
Country: Samoa
Website/full details: Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States 

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Description: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa. It will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.

The Conference will seek to achieve the following objectives:

  1. assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation;
  2. seek a renewed political commitment by focusing on practical and pragmatic actions for further implementation;
  3. identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of SIDS and means of addressing them; and
  4. identify priorities for the sustainable development of SIDS to be considered in the elaboration of the post-2015 UN development agenda.

The United Nations General Assembly resolution called for “a concise, focused, forward-looking and action-oriented political document.” The small island developing States have also expressed their desire to highlight successful partnerships and areas of innovation.

The preparations for this important Conference are currently underway now, starting with a robust, SIDS-directed, multi-stakeholder national preparatory process. These national preparations will feed into regional meetings in July of 2013, followed by an inter-regional preparatory meeting scheduled for late August.

After the small island developing States have completed their preparations, the global process will begin in early 2014. The partners adding their voices to those of the SIDS is advancing the cause of sustainable development in SIDS, strengthening partnerships, and contributing to the wider dialogue on a sustainable future for all.