The effectiveness of the 3rd International Conference on small island developing States (SIDS) will depend first and foremost on national level preparations. These national preparatory processes will be led by SIDS and build on previous reviews of the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action, national consultations for the UNCSD/Rio+20, ongoing post-2015 national consultations and other relevant ongoing national and regional sustainable development processes of relevance to SIDS.
It is envisaged that these national preparatory processes take into account the overall timeline for the regional preparatory process which will happen during July 2013, that will then feed into the inter-regional meeting to be held 26-28 August 2013. The global intergovernmental preparatory process would then be launched in January 2014. The national consultations are expected to be completed in good time before the regional meetings in each of the three regions of the SIDS; namely, the Pacific, Caribbean and the so-called AIMS (Atlantic, Indian Oceans and South China Sea) regions. The outcomes of all national preparatory processes within a region will be synthesized as a background discussion paper for the respective regional meetings.
Accordingly, the guidance note is being made available to outline suggested steps for national preparation for this purpose. Country ownership and country-led process is crucial. To support the process, DESA and UNDP have decided to combine resources from their programme activities to support national preparations, through mobilizing UN Country Teams and in close collaboration with regional intergovernmental organizations.
The following countries have submitted a national report for the regional preparations for the 3rd International Conference on small island developing States in 2014.
Curaçao (Associated member)