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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 Thursday, 11 July 2013
While Member States met in closed sessions on Thursday morning, 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."
Youth
Youth delegates stood and asked to make a presentation in plenary.
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Daily web highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Introduction - 10 July - 11 July - 12 July - Summary
Consultations
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.

Partners and Major Groups

Development partners and Major Groups changed venues in mid-morning and completed their discussions.

Plenary
Dais Shot

The dais during plenary.

Shun-ichi Murata
Shun-ichi Murata, UNESCAP.
Robert Aisi
Amb. Robert Aisi, Papua New Guinea.
Peseta Noumea Simi
Peseta Noumea Simi, Samoa.
Room View
A view of the room during plenary.
Lali Shot
Chair Amena Yauvoli, Fiji, closed the session by striking a Fijian lali drum.
Around the Meeting
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.

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