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Tools for » Support to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Project ID:00091051Description:SIDS
SDG Fund
Start Date *: 7 Aug 2014
UN Partnerships
End Date*: 31 Dec 2014
Country: United Nations Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNDESA - UN Dept of Economic and Social

In “The Future We Want” adopted at Rio+20  (A/RES/66/288), Member States called for the convening in 2014 of a third international conference on small island developing States (SIDS). Subsequently, the General Assembly adopted a modalities resolution (A/RES/67/207) outlining the objectives of the conference, as well as initial guidelines for conference preparations, and welcomed  the offer of the Government of Samoa to host the Conference .

The objectives of the Conference are to (a) assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the previous SIDS conference outcomes, (b) seek a renewed political commitment to SIDS sustainable development, (c) identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for SIDS sustainable development and ways to address them including through collaborative partnerships, and (d) identify priorities for the sustainable development of SIDS for consideration in the elaboration of the post-2015 UN development agenda. The overall theme of the Conference is “Sustainable Development of SIDS through Genuine and Durable Partnerships” and the working definition of partnerships in this regard is inclusive of North-South, public-private, SIDS-SIDS and tripartite partnerships, among others.

The proposed partnership with the SDG-F would support the participation of delegates from SIDS and other developing countries in the Conference (including key pre-Conference activities in Samoa) and its preparatory meetings, as well as the participation of civil society representatives from SIDS. While the SIDS Conference will address the challenges and opportunities of small island developing States, it is a global conference, and the issues it covers will have relevance for the sustainable development of all countries. Full participation, including not only SIDS delegates but also delegates from non-SIDS developing countries as well as civil society representatives, will ensure that the Conference is enriched by a multiplicity of perspectives. It will also raise the likelihood that the outcome is embraced and implemented by a wide array of stakeholders.

Considering particularly objective (d) above, as well as the theme of the Conference, full and robust participation in the Conference and its preparatory activities would also advance the mission of the SDG-F. The Conference will raise the profile of SIDS priority issues and will advance the thinking around how to approach them in the SDG discussions, ultimately strengthening the framework of the post-2015 development agenda. Partnerships, including public-private partnerships, will be central to the search for solutions to SIDS challenges, echoing the SDG-F emphasis on the potential of public-private partnership.  Inclusive economic growth (another SDG-F priority area), which promotes both decent work and sustainable consumption and production, is critical to SIDS and the issue features prominently both in the draft outcome document and the partnership dialogues that will run in parallel to the Conference plenary in Samoa.

By supporting participation in the Conference and its preparations, the SDG-F partnership will help ensure the success of the Conference and by extension the richness and fruitfulness of the discourse around partnerships. By advancing the conversation—and hopefully inspiring new and expanded partnerships on behalf of SIDS sustainable development—this SDG-F partnership will contribute to the ultimate fulfillment of the Fund’s mission.

As noted above, the beneficiaries of the partnership are government delegates from SIDS and other developing countries as well as representatives of SIDS-based civil society organizations. These civil society organizations are small and under-resourced, and in some cases the Samoa Conference is the first UN Conference for which they have gained accreditation. In a broader sense, the SIDS themselves are the beneficiaries of the partnership because the Conference will be more successful and yield more significant outcomes if it has full participation.

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