The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway recognized the specific challenges faced by small island developing States (SIDS) and their particular vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. Along with its overarching principle to ensure that “No One Is Left Behind”, it called for a special effort to ensure that SIDS make rapid progress towards realizing the SDGs.
Several countries among SIDS have started to implement the SDGs by adapting the targets to their national situation and reviewing their policies and institutional frameworks. Meaningful partnerships are also being established among stakeholders at all levels to leverage on opportunities for the effective implementation of the SDGs.
The Government of the Bahamas, with the support of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, will organize a Symposium on 21-23 February 2016 on “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Equipping public institutions and mobilizing partnerships”.
This Symposium aims to reflect on how SIDS can integrate the 2030 Agenda and the SAMOA Pathway in national planning processes, policies, strategies and public institutions – along with other recent United Nations on disaster risk reduction, financing for development, climate change and habitat. The Symposium places a special focus on how best to equip public institutions and mobilize partnerships and cooperation for realizing the 2030 Agenda. It will discuss options and innovative solutions for planning, policy making and institution building. The Symposium will give special attention to the special vulnerabilities of SIDS to the adverse impacts of climate change and other natural and man-made hazards, and reflect on ways to strengthen resilience. We are also inviting stakeholders to launch partnership at this event: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnership/register/?source=56.
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