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Major Groups and other Stakeholders Steering Committee
This section provides information on the engagement of stakeholders in the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, to be held on 1-4 September 2014, as well as the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Pre-Conference Forum to be held on 28 August 2014, both taking place in Apia, Samoa.

Stakeholders’ engagement in the meetings and their preparatory processes is being facilitated through a self-nominated Steering Committee composed of Major Groups and other stakeholders’ representatives.

The Steering Committee is responsible for:

  • Providing guidance in the organization of the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Pre-Conference Forum, including nomination of speakers and plan of work;
  • Facilitating outreach in each of the SIDS regions in addition to all nine major groups constituencies;
  • Facilitating engagement in the Preparatory Meetings and the Conference;
  • Helping to facilitate joint advocacy and development of positions.

Following a nomination process conducted by the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs – Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD), in cooperation with the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), between 26 March and 14 May 2014, nine representatives from SIDS countries - three from each of the SIDS regions (AIMS, Caribbean and Pacific), were nominated. The Major Groups also conducted internal selection processes and six of them nominated representatives.

The Steering Committee is composed of the following 15 members:

Major groups representatives (6)

SIDS regions (9)

Pacific (3)

Caribbean (3)

Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Sea (3)

For Steering Committee members’ contact information, please click on the links above. More information on the Committee and its attributions can be found in the Terms of Reference on the right side of this page.

Theme of the SIDS Conference

The overarching theme of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States is "The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships".

Focus areas

  • Climate change & Disaster Risk management
  • Oceans, Seas and Biodiversity
  • Water and Sanitation, Food Security and Waste Management
  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • Sustainable energy
  • Social development in SIDS, Health and NCDs, Youth and Women
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