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Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

10-12 July 2013 | Nadi, Fiji

Fiji Regional PrepCom for SIDS
Highlights
The Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place from 10-12 July 2013 in Nadi, Fiji. This was the second of three regional meetings in July, which will provide the regional inputs for the Conference, which will take place in Apia, Samoa from 1-4 September 2014. The preparatory meeting considered: the SIDS sustainable development agenda from a Pacific perspective as well as implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action and the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation, integrated approaches regarding the emerging UN institutional framework (Post Rio+20 outcomes and the post-2015 development agenda) and partnership. The meeting drafted and adopted a Regional Outcome Document, which will be presented to the Inter-Regional Preparatory Meeting to be held in Barbados in late August 2013.

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Lali Shot
Chair Amena Yauvoli, Fiji, struck a Fijian lali drum three times to close the meeting, while Shun-ichi Murata, UNESCAP, looked on.
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Highlights for Wednesday, 10 July 2013

The meeting opened Wednesday, 10 July 2013. In the morning, participants heard a keynote address from the Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama. Other speakers were Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General for the Third International Conference on SIDS; Marlene Moses, Chair of the Alliance Of Small Island States (AOSIS) and Permanent Representative of Nauru to the UN; and John Ashe, Permanent Representative of Antigua & Barbuda to the UN and President-elect of the UN General Assembly.

Delegates adopted the meeting agenda, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) presented findings from 14 national assessments of progress on sustainable development, particularly in relation to the BPOA, MSI and MDGs. Iosefa Maiava, ESCAP Pacific Centre, said the report identified three clusters of goals: addressing climate change impacts, especially ocean acidification and disasters; critical enablers including good governance and sustainable economic management; and means of implementation (MOI) including development partnerships, development financing and triangular cooperation. He highlighted new and emerging issues of importance to Pacific countries, including: health and non-communicable diseases (NCD); social inclusion, especially of women, youth and people with disabilities; population pressures; information and communication technologies; and transportation.

In the late morning and afternoon, member states met in three closed sessions on: an overview of national processes and outcomes; progress to date and remaining gaps in the implementation of the BPOA and the MSI; and practical and pragmatic actions for further implementation of the BPOA and MSI. A parallel session for Major Groups and intergovernmental organizations also met in the afternoon.

Full web coverage available here: 10 Jul

Marlene Moses
AOSIS Chair Amb. Marlene Moses, Nauru.
Wu Hongbo
Wu Hongbo, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.
John Ashe
Amb. John Ashe, Antigua and Barbuda, President-Elect of the UN General Assembly.
Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Fiji.
Group Photo

Conference leadership and key participants gathered poolside for a group photo.

Pool view

A view of the venue across a waterfall pool.

Highlights for Thursday, 11 July 2013

On Thursday morning, while Member States met in closed sessions, ambassadors Robert Aisi, Papua New Guinea, Sofia Borges, Timor-Leste, and Marlene Moses, Nauru, briefed others on progress made in Wednesday afternoon's closed deliberations, which they said had dealt primarily with climate change. Shun-ichi Murata, UNESCAP, chaired the open discussion and circulated a table of priorities from the regional synthesis report on national assessments. The identified priorities were: climate change; health, especially NCDs; social inclusion; infrastructure and urbanization, including water, energy, ICTs and transport; and sustainable resource management, including oceans and fisheries, food security, land, agriculture, forestry, tourism and biodiversity.

Major Groups and partners then discussed topics and strategies for a statement to be presented in an open dialogue with Member States later in the day.

In an open session in the afternoon, Chair Amena Yauvoli, Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Fiji, presented the priorities identified by the parties during the closed meetings. Among the priorities were climate change-related issues and impacts, including oceans and disasters; social inclusion, which covers poverty, education, youth, gender and disability issues; energy; oceans; and sustainable resource management, including food security, forestry, and tourism.

Major Groups and partners presented a statement, and youth delegates called on governments to build strong partnerships with young people, comparing efforts towards sustainable development to the traditional canoes of Tokelau, saying, "We are all family on this great canoe of the world, journeying together towards a better future."

Full web coverage available here: 11 Jul

Member States

Delegates of Member States deliberated throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Partners and Major Groups

Development partners and Major Groups began their morning consultations with a briefing by ambassadors.

Hiroko Morita-Lou, Amena Yauvoli and Iosefa Maiava
Hiroko Morita-Lou, UNDESA, chair Amena Yauvoli, Fiji, and Iosefa Maiava, UNESCAP, chatted after plenary.
Litia Mawi with MOFAIC staff
Amb. Litia Mawi, Fiji, with staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
Ocean View

A view of the ocean from the venue.

Highlights for Friday, 12 July 2013

On Friday morning, Member States continued their discussions with Major Groups and development partners, as Chair Amena Yauvoli (Fiji) invited participants to discuss the presentations made by Major Groups and development partners the previous day. Delegates praised the quality of the partners' statement, while some parties called for a greater focus on implementation. They discussed issues including transparency and aid effectiveness, deep sea mining, gender equality, and building strong partnerships with youth. They expressed hope that the outcome of the document would reflect a distinct Pacific perspective, feeding into preparations for the global SIDS conference in Samoa in September 2014.

Samoa proposed that "SIDS Sustainable Development: Genuine and Global Partnerships" be the theme for the global SIDS conference in 2014, highlighting that her country will graduate from Least Development Country (LDC) status at the end of 2013, and noting the quality and strength of its partnerships. The meeting agreed by acclamation to forward the proposed theme to the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting in Barbados.

A drafting group worked on outcome text in the afternoon, and the meeting reconvened at 6:40 pm. Chair Yauvoli explained to delegates that the outcome text was being cleaned up and would be distributed to them shortly, with a one-week window remaining for any final comments to be made before the draft would be final. He said the working draft was acknowledged as adopted.

In his closing remarks, Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, thanked the Government of Fiji for hosting the meeting, and congratulated the delegates on the outcome, which he said addressed a range of sustainable development challenges including climate change impacts, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and the need for renewable and sustainable energy.

Shun-ichi Murata, UNESCAP, and Filimone Waqabaca, Permanent Secretary for Finance, Fiji, also delivered closing remarks. The meeting closed at 7:04 pm.

Full web coverage available here: 12 Jul

Gerson Jackson
Amb. Gerson Jackson, Federated States of Micronesia.
Solstice Middleby
Solstice Middleby, AusAID.
Albert Williams
Albert Williams, Vanuatu.
Sofia Borges
Amb. Sofia Borges, Timor Leste.
Anne-Claire Goarant
Anne-Claire Goarant, New Caledonia.
Afoa Su'esu'e Lutu
Afoa Su'esu'e Lutu, American Samoa.
Nikhil Seth
Nikhil Seth, UNDESA.
Shun-ichi Murata
Shun-ichi Murata, UNESCAP.
Filimone Waqabaca
Filimone Waqabaca, Permanent Secretary of Finance, Fiji.
Dancers
Dancers entertained participants during evening cocktails.
ENB Team
Your Earth Negotiations Bulletin reporting team: Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, writer, Samoa; Dan Birchall, writer/digital editor, Hawaii; Delia Paul, team leader, Malaysia.
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Meeting resources

bulletGeneral Assembly resolution

bulletConference website

bulletSIDSnet

bulletSymposium on Understanding Ecological and Social Resilience in Island Systems, 9-11 April 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

bulletExpert Group Meeting (EGM) on Oceans, Seas and Sustainable Development: Implementation and follow-up to Rio+20, 18-19 April 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

bulletEGM on SIDS and Post-2015 Development Agenda, 23-24 April 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

bulletEGM on Marine Science and Technology for SIDS, 14-15 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

bulletEGM on Foresight and SIDS: Identifying emerging sustainable development issues from the perspective of SIDS, 14-16 May 2013, Cambridge, Enlgand

bulletGlobal Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction - Strengthening Partnerships Towards Disaster Risk Reduction for SIDS, 21 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

bulletBarbados Programme of Action

bulletMauritius Strategy of Implementation


IISD RS resources

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

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 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 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 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 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

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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