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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 Friday, 12 July 2013
The Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) concluded Friday, 12 July 2013 in Nadi, Fiji. Member States continued their discussions with Major Groups and development partners through Friday morning, 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.
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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Daily web highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Introduction - 10 July - 11 July - 12 July - Summary
Plenary
Gerson Jackson
Amb. Gerson Jackson, Federated States of Micronesia.
David Smith
David Smith, UNESCAP.
Noelene Nabulivou
Noelene Nabulivou, DAWN, for Women.
Nikhil Seth
Nikhil Seth, UNDESA.
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.
Closing
Dais Shot

A view of the dais during the closing session. L-R: Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; Chair Amena Yauvoli, Fiji; Shun-ichi Murata, UNESCAP.

Wu Hongbo
Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.
Shun-ichi Murata
Shun-ichi Murata, UNESCAP.
Filimone Waqabaca
Filimone Waqabaca, Permanent Secretary of Finance, Fiji.
Press Conference
Press Conference

Press conference panelists. L-R: Amb. Robert Aisi, Papua New Guinea; Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; Chair Amena Yauvoli, Fiji; and Shun-ichi Murata, UNESCAP.

Around the Meeting
Room Shot
A view of the room during plenary.
Youth Reading
Youth delegates studied a document.
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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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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