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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 for Wednesday, 10 July 2013
The Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) opened Wednesday, 10 July 2013 in Nadi, Fiji. This is 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 meeting will consider: the SIDS sustainable development agenda from a Pacific perspective, as well as implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation (MSI), integrated approaches regarding the emerging UN institutional framework (post Rio+20 outcomes and the post-2015 development agenda), and partnership. The meeting is expected to draft and adopt a regional outcome document, which will be presented to the Inter-Regional Preparatory Meeting to be held in Barbados in late August 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.
Venue View
A view of the Radisson BLU Resort Fiji Denarau Island, venue of the conference.
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Introduction - 10 July - 11 July - 12 July - Summary
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.
Amena Yauvoli
Amena Yauvoli, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Fiji.
Shun-Ichi Murata
Shun-Ichi Murata, UNESCAP.
Iosefa Maiava
Iosefa Maiava, UNESCAP Pacific Centre.
Group Photo

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

Around the Meeting
Ruci Mafi, Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson and Kimo Goree
Ruci Mafi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Fiji, chatted with Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson and Langston James "Kimo" Goree of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
Taulealeausumai Laavasa Malua and Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
Taulealeausumai Laavasa Malua, Samoa, with Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Fiji.
Pool view

A view of the venue across a waterfall pool.

Daily web highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Introduction - 10 July - 11 July - 12 July - Summary
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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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