UN Conference on Small Island Developing States 2014 (SIDS 2014)

Samoa - government
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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 overarching theme of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States is "The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships".

The Conference will include six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues, held in parallel with the plenary meetings.

The Conference will seek to achieve the following objectives:

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

Disaster and climate risks are the special concern of SIDS and will feature in the discussions, especially on SIDS positions on the integration of disaster and climate risk management in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Priority areas of the conference include climate change and disaster risk management; water and sanitation, food security and waste management; sustainable economic development; oceans, seas and biodiversity; sustainable energy; social development in SIDS, Health and NCDs, youth and women.

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