Small Island Developing States

SIDS process summary

The Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) were first formally recognized by the international community at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), highlighting their challenges towards sustainable development.

In 2013, the preparation process started towards the Third International Conferences on Small Islands Developing States. Preparatory meetings (national, regional, inter-regional) took place throughout 2013 followed by a Global Intergovernmental Preparatory process launched by the President of the General Assembly at the end of the year, with the first Preparatory Committee meeting during 24-26 Feb 2014, followed by an Intersessional meeting  from 21 Apr 2014 – 25 Apr 2014 and a Final Preparatory Committee meeting  during 23 Jun 2014 – 27 Jun 2014, all of them in the UN Headquarters in New York.

The Third International Conferences on Small Islands Developing States, held in the Pacific region, constitutes the third UN and SIDS regions effort to take concrete steps towards sustainable development. It took place in Apia, Samoa from 1-4 September, 2014 with the topic “sustainable development of SIDS through genuine and durable partnerships”. Under a multistakeholder partnership dialogues format, the conference addressed the following topics: Sustainable economic development, climate change & disaster risk management, social development in SIDS, health and NCDs youth and women, sustainable energy, oceans, seas and biodiversity, water and sanitation, food security and waste management. Also, besides the plenary meetings and multistakeholder partnership dialogues, the conference also featured the performance of parallel events as well as pre-conference forums on youth, major groups and other stakeholders, renewable energy sector and the private sector.

Latest News

We have been active in the SIDS process. You can read the latest news from our activities in the SCP process -Here

Statements and Positions

MGCY participated in the coordination and facilitation of the SIDS 2014 Pre-Conference T.A.L.A.V.O.U. Forum which took place on 28th August 2014 in Apia, Samoa. Take a look to the outcome document of the forum as well as the MGCY Statement delivered at the SIDS 2014 Conference on September 3, 2014 morning plenary.

We have the right to make statements behalf of Children and Youth. We have given statements on different issues and from different perspectives in preparation meetings. You can download the chronological list of all our statements -Here

Deputy Organising Partners

Each of our groups is lead by two coordinators who are called “Deputy Organising Partners” or “Global Focal Points”. They are selected by the Working Group themselves and hold the role on a personal mandate. We have listed here the organisations that they are involved in for clarity and the regions of the world they come from.

*** Due to elections that have just taken place for the Organising Partners new nominations from Working Groups themselves will take place over the next few months. ***

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