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SIDS Policy & Practice

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) - ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS Through Genuine and Durable Partnerships’

1-4 September 2014 | Apia, Samoa

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Highlights for Sunday, 31 August 2014

At an opening ceremony on the evening of 31 August 2014, the Samoan government welcomed conference delegates and participants with a cultural performance. Archbishop Alapati Lui Mataeliga gave the benediction. Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, thanked the international community for their unwavering support to SIDS, and his home country and people for their tireless conference preparations. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, said the journey to Samoa had been “long and inspiring,” and welcomed the world to celebrate the achievement of Samoa and all other islands across the planet. Wu Hongbo, Secretary-General of Third International Conference on SIDS, celebrated a “new understanding” of Samoa, highlighting the country’s steady performance in their preparations, and looking forward to the conference.

The opening statements were followed by a performance by more than 500 Samoan children and youth, who presented cultural dances to the audience.

Prior to the opening ceremony, participants attended the launch of a photographic exhibition in celebration of the International Year of SIDS, which illustrates the lives of people living in SIDS. Nikhil Seth, Director of the Division for Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), opened the event, thanking, among others, the governments of Turkey and Palau, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) and Magnum Photos for making the exhibition possible. John Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), said that SIDS are the fulcrum of any sustainable development issue and a microcosm of what happens at the global scale. Representatives of Nauru, Barbados, Turkey, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Seychelles also made statements.

A Private Sector Partnerships Forum took place during the day, including a High-Level Dialogue attended by the President of the UN General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Samoa, the Foreign Minister of Australia, the EU Commissioner for Development, and many other public and private sector representatives.

Third International Conference on SIDS
High-level delegates attend the Private Sector Partnerships Forum

The pre-conference Private Sector Partnerships Forum provided a platform for effective, innovative and concrete partnerships to be developed, strengthened and announced in support of the implementation efforts of SIDS sustainable development priorities. A variety of sessions and panel discussions were held, including oceans and marine resources, connectivity, sustainable agriculture, sustainable tourism, disaster risk reduction, renewable energy, and financing and support measures for a sustainable private sector in SIDS. A high-level dialogue was also held to determine options for creating an enabling environment. Political leaders, business leaders and other stakeholders shared experiences and considered the creation of a SIDS Global Business Network.


Session on financing and support measures for a sustainable private sector in SIDS


Patrick Walsh, European Investment Bank
Antony Bensteeve Langston, Credit Corporation Limited Solomon Islands
Margaret Fruean, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Samoa

Klaus Stunzner Jr., President, Samoa Chamber of Commerce
Reuben Summerlin, Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme
Prakash Deenapanray, CEO, Eco Living in Action Limited Mauritius

High-level dialogue

Panel (L-R): Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia; John Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly; Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; H.E. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister, Samoa; Dennis O'Brien, Chairman, Digicel Group; Gyan Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative, UN-OHRLLS; and Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development, European Commission

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General
Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development, European Commission

John Ashe, UNGA
H.E. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister, Samoa

Julie Bishop, Australia
Dennis O'Brien, Digicel Group

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme
Michael Frenzel, Chairman, World Travel and Tourism Council

Rachel Kyte, Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, World Bank Group
Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Secretary General, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Scenes from around the venue



Launch event for the International Year of SIDS

Panel (L-R): Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS Issues of Seychelles; Marlene Moses, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Nauru, Chair of AOSIS; John Ashe, UNGA; Nikhil Seth, DESA; Damla Yesim Say, Ambassador of Turkey to New Zealand; an accompanying delegate; and Jane Chigiyal, Permanent Representative of the Federated States of Micronesia

Scenes from the Opening Ceremony








Funding for coverage of this conference has been provided by the
UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Bank
UNDP UNEP World Bank

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Related Links
Conference resources

*Conference Website *Draft Organization of Work *SAMOA Pathway document
*Side Events *Multi-stakeholder Partnership Dialogues *Parallel Events
*General Assembly Resolutions *Barbados Programme of Action *Mauritius Strategy of Implementation
*International Year of SIDS Website *SIDSnet *Host Country Website


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS report on SAMOA Pathway

*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Inter-Regional Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the Third International Conference on SIDS, 26-28 August 2013, Bridgetown, Barbados (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

bulletIISD RS summary and analysis of the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea (AIMS) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2014 Third International Conference on SIDS, 17-19 July 2013, Baie Lazare, Seychelles (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

bulletIISD RS summary and analysis of the Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2014 Third International Conference on SIDS, 10-12 July 2013, Nadi, Fiji (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

bulletIISD RS summary and analysis of the Caribbean Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2014 Third International Conference on SIDS, 2-4 July 2013, Kingston, Jamaica (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

bulletIISD RS coverage of the High-level Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (MSI+5), 24-25 September 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

bulletIISD RS coverage of the International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS, 10-14 January 2005, Port Louis, Mauritius

bulletIISD RS coverage of the SIDS Preparatory Meeting for the 10-Year Review of the Barbados Programme of Action, 14-16 April 2004, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for the 10-year Review of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS, 26-30 January 2004, Nassau, Bahamas

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Twenty-second Special Session of the General Assembly for the Review and Appraisal of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA+5), 27-28 September 1999, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

bulletIISD RS summary report of the Barbados Conference on the Sustainable Development of SIDS, 25 April - 6 May 1994, Bridgetown, Barbados (HTML - PDF)

bulletSIDS-L - A mailing list for news on SIDS policy

bulletSIDS Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing SIDS

bulletLinkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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