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Small Island Developing States
Sustainable Tourism Meeting Highlights Challenges for SIDSInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 18 Nov 2013
Samoa outlined challenges for small island developing States (SIDS) in promoting sustainable tourism, at an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on 'Sustainable Tourism: Ecotourism, Poverty Reduction and Environmental Protection' at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 29-30 October 2013.
PIFS Issues 31 Briefs for SIDS Conference, Post-2015 ConsultationsInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 12 Nov 2013
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), on behalf of the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG,) has released a series of 31 issue briefs. The briefs aim to support Pacific countries in their preparations for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) taking place in 2014, and in the broader post-2015 development agenda consultations.
Second Committee Discusses SIDS' ResilienceInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 04 Nov 2013
In its discussion on 'Strengthening the resilience of small island developing States (SIDS) within the context of sustainable development,' the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) discussed SIDS' unique and particular vulnerabilities, while also noting their diverse challenges.
Leaders Propose Oceans Goal, Highlight Biodiversity at UNGA 68 High-level DebateInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 09 Oct 2013
Leaders speaking at the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate highlighted, in their remarks regarding biodiversity, a call for a stand-alone oceans goal in the post-2015 agenda, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), sustainable fisheries management, as well as the importance of sustainable mountain development to conservation.
Leaders Underscore Climate, Oceans Issues in 68th DebateInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 01 Oct 2013
Leaders speaking at the High-level Debate of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 28 September 2013, in New York, US, again focused on 'setting the stage' for the post-2015 development agenda. Heads of State and ministers underscored lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and proposed principles and issues for inclusion, such as cross-cutting issues, climate change and oceans.
High-Level Event Raises Visibility of 2014 SIDS ConferenceInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 01 Oct 2013
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN General Assembly (UNGA) President John Ashe met with 11 Heads of State and Government at a high-level breakfast on 26 September 2013, in New York, US. The gathering aimed at raising the profile of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which will convene in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014.
Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for SIDS 2014 Concludes in New YorkInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 17 Sep 2013
The meeting's proceedings in Bridgetown, Barbados, from 26-28 August 2013, were suspended without agreement on the outcome document, and negotiations subsequently continued in New York in September to finalize the document, titled 'Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) integrated and enabling cooperation framework for the Barbados Programme of Action and Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation.'
UN Secretary-General's Report Reviews Support for SIDS' Sustainable DevelopmentInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 16 Sep 2013
The UN Secretary-General has issued a report on UN and national efforts to implement sustainable development in small island developing States (SIDS). The report concludes that while SIDS have had an uneven path towards implementation of sustainable development, some activities have been successful.
Pacific Islands Leaders Call for Climate LeadershipInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 11 Sep 2013
In the context of calls for concrete action to ensure the survival of small island developing States (SIDS), the 44th Pacific Islands Forum convened under the theme 'Marshalling the Pacific Response to the Climate Challenge.' The meeting concluded with the adoption of the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership, underlining the need for urgent action at all levels to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
IRENA Releases Studies on Renewable Energy for Pacific IslandsInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 09 Sep 2013
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has published a series of reports that identify challenges to, and best practices for, accelerating deployment of renewable energy in the Pacific Islands region. They provide baseline information which can facilitate development of renewable energy roadmaps and strengthen regional initiatives.
Coral Triangle Atlas Presents Maps of Regional ChangeInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 09 Sep 2013
The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI) has released an online GIS database of maps on environmental and economic change in the coastal and marine zones of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.
Pacific Adaptation Climate Change Project Focuses on Replication and Up-ScalingInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 09 Sep 2013
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened the annual review meeting of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, which provided participants the opportunity to showcase country activities as the project moves into its fourth year, focusing on replication and scaling-up of activities.
Rising seas put islands' people under siegeNew Zealand Herald | 07 Sep 2013
Romeo Jorbon scratches a line in the dirt with his big toe."The last big tide came to here," the Marshall Islander says, marking a spot 10m back from the beach and behind a makeshift seawall.
Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for SIDS Conference SuspendedInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 03 Sep 2013
The Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) discussed pressing issues and emerging challenges facing SIDS in preparation for the 2014 conference. Negotiations on an outcome document could not be concluded, and the IPM will resume in New York ahead of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
'We are fighting for survival,' Pacific islands leader warnsGuardian Unlimited | 31 Aug 2013
Pacific islanders will challenge world leaders this week to act on climate change, warning that their low-lying atolls are close to becoming uninhabitable because of rising seas and increasingly severe floods, droughts and storm surges.
Mainstreaming of MEAs Into Development Strategies and Policies in the Caribbean Regioniisd.org | 28 Aug 2013
In recent years, governments have begun negotiating multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) in an attempt to tackle a growing array of environmental challenges. However, mainstreaming these MEAs into national strategies and policies to achieve improvements in the environment is a considerable challenge. In this paper we present an approach to capacity building of MEA mainstreaming targeted towards policy-makers.
Pacific Island Ecosystem Management Launches Survey on Island Ecosystem ManagementInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 27 Aug 2013
The Pacific Island Ecosystem Management project, a project commissioned by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is inviting stakeholders to share island ecosystem management best practices, through completing a short survey.
Caribbean States Become Biodiversity ChampionsInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 22 Aug 2013
Eight Caribbean governments, in cooperation with business partners, have made significant financial and substantive commitments in support of the Aichi biodiversity targets, as part of the second phase of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, launched at a Summit of Caribbean Political and Business Leaders.
SIDS DOCK Meeting Discusses Energy Issues for AIMSInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 20 Aug 2013
The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) DOCK project held its first meeting for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea (AIMS) region, the final meeting in a series of regional SIDS DOCK meetings. The meeting agreed upon and finalized discussions on programmatic and operational issues including climate, energy and water and financing mechanisms in SIDS.
Youth as UN Partners in Sustainable Small Island DevelopmentUNESCO | 16 Aug 2013
On July 2013, UNESCO, UNICEF and UNFPA joined forces to ensure that young people from the 52 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) contribute their vision for the future of small islands to the 2014 Global SIDS Conference.