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Recognizing special circumstances facing small island developing states, UN Conference in Samoa generates more than $1.9 billion in partnerships for sustainable development
- In Apia, Samoa, international community shows support for small island developing states in largest conference of its kind in the Pacific (1 Sep 2014)
Mr. Wu’s Blog
In my capacity as the Conference Secretary-General, I have been working with Member States, UN system entities, Major Groups and other stakeholders to mobilize support for the Conference. Many of them have been actively engaged in the preparatory activities and have expressed an interest to learn more as preparations accelerate. In response to their queries, I am starting a weekly blog as an additional channel for sharing information and updates. Readers are invited to send comments and queries to and I will respond to them in future blogs.
- Successful Conclusion of the SIDS Conference (12 September 2014)
- Genuine and Durable Partnerships (7 August 2014)
- Sustainable Tourism (30 June 2014)
- Sustainable Energy (30 June 2014)
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"As we are at the final stage of designing a global development agenda beyond 2015, this conference will further provide Small Islands the opportunity to be more involved in this process. It will give them a global stage, to let their voices be heard. It will also provide an opportunity for real actions, and more effective partnerships," says Conference Secretary-General and UN DESA's Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo.
Renewing focus on sustainable islands The inter-sessional meeting just recently concluded negotiations on the zero draft document, when DESA News got an opportunity to speak with some of the conference bureau members. "It is very important for the outcome document to be action-oriented and aspirational," said the Permanent Representative of Samoa to the UN Ali’ioaiga Feturi Alisaia, highlighting the important multi-lateral processes taking place at the UN surrounding the conference. "We see the timing of the conference as ideal, so that there will be input from Small Island Developing States that will feed into all these processes," he said referring to the work designing the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the Secretary-General’s upcoming summit on climate change.