Addressing Connectivity for the Sustainable Development of SIDS

This project aims to achieve low cost, reliable, diverse satellite communications capacity for the socio-economic development of the Pacific Islands region utilizing un-used satellite capacity. To get the best return on investment, the same telecommunications/ICT infrastructure/resources will be use...[more]

Partners
INTELSAT SATELLITE LLC, INMARSAT, KACIFIC BROADBAND SATELLITES PTE LTD, AND INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION SATELLITE ORGANISATION
Priority areas
Caribbean Energy Efficiency Lighting Project

The Caribbean Energy Efficiency Lighting Project (CEELP) sought to catalyze the transition to low carbon economies and sustainable energy sectors through the provision of energy efficient lighting to communities in the Eastern Caribbean. The project assisted countries in removing the policy, capacit...[more]

Partners
United Nations Development Programme, Government of all participating countries (Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, Commonwealth of Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis), Caribbean Community ...[more]
Priority areas
Centre of Excellence for the Sustainable Development of SIDS

During the Green Aruba Conference in 2015, the government of Aruba, UNDP Trinidad and Tobago and the Kingdom of Netherlands agreed to create a Centre of Excellence COE for Sustainable Development of SIDS in Aruba.The Centre of Excellence (COE) for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developi...[more]

Partners
UNDP Government of Aruba University of Aruba TNO Caribbean Bureau Innovation IRENA and growing...
Priority areas
Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

The best opportunity to slow the rate of near-term warming globally and in sensitive regions such as the Arctic is by cutting emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) – most notably methane, black carbon and some hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Widespread reductions, which complement the need...[more]

Partners
111 Partners, 50 State and REIO, 16 IGO and 45 NGO partners (as of April 2016). Full list: http://ccacoalition.org/en/partners
Priority areas
Climate: OCEAN Objective

Propose an effective framework and action plan for healthier oceans contributing to an unburden future for humanity.

Partners
This declaration has been signed in June 2015 by the following organisztions : • ACB - Réseau des bretons d\'influence, ACIDD, ALMAE, ARF - Association des Régions de France, Armateurs de France, Ass...[more]
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Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)

Led by the Presidents of Palau and Seychelles as well as the Prime Minister of Grenada, the Global Island Partnership promotes action to build resilient and sustainable island communities by inspiring leadership, catalyzing commitments and facilitating collaboration. It is a partnership for all isla...[more]

Partners
Leaders = Palau, Grenada, Seychelles, Association of Overseas Countries and Territories, Secretariat for Convention on Biodiversity, Hawai’i Green Growth, Indian Ocean Commission, International Union ...[more]
Priority areas
Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML)

The core areas of the partnership will focus on three overarching goals :- Goal A: Reduced levels and impacts of land-based litter and solid waste introduced into the aquatic environment;- Goal B: Reduced levels and impact of sea-based sources of marine debris including solid waste, lost cargo, ALDF...[more]

Partners
UNEP, Governments, Businesses, Academia, Local Authorities, Nongovernmental Organizations and Intergovernmental Organizations. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, International Maritime Org...[more]
Priority areas
Global Wastewater Initiative (GW2I)

The GW2I is a multi-stakeholder platform which is comprised of UN agencies, international organizations, governments, scientists, private sectors, industries and Major groups and stakeholders to provide the foundations (including information, tools and policy mechanisms) for partnerships to initiate...[more]

Partners
AfDB, ADB, DHI-UNEP, FAO, GEF, IAEA, Jacobs U.K. Limited, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, UEMOA, CBD, UNDESA, Prana Sustainable Water Switzerland, UNDP, UNICEF, UNU-INWEH, USEPA, WECF, WHO...[more]
Priority areas
HIV and STI Prevention in the Caribbean (UNAIDS and UNFPA)

UNFPA in collaboration with key stakeholders, strengthened national and regional capacities to develop, implement and monitor HIV responses that utilize a combination prevention approach to meet the needs of young people and key populations. Regional systems for the delivery of comprehensive sexuali...[more]

Partners
UNFPA, UNAIDS
Priority areas
ICT4SIDS Partnership

The primary objective of the ICT4SIDS Partnership is to fully utilize the latest digital innovations to rapidly improve the health, education, public safety (including disasters), public welfare (including economic development), and other vital services in SIDS..

Partners
1. Representatives from Islands - Timor-Leste (Mr Collin Yap, President of NITL Foundation) - Zanzibar,(Mr Omar Ali, President, Zanzibar Diaspora Group - Palau, Dr Caleb Otto, Ambassador of Pal...[more]
Priority areas
Improving transitions from school to work through engaging youth in policy dialogue

The objective of this partnership is to achieve improved youth transitions between education and the world of work through engaging youth in policy dialogue on TVET. Youth constitute a large proportion of the population in SIDS. Whilst youth are a huge asset for sustainable development, too many you...[more]

Partners
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); School of Education; University of West Indies; Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA); Caribbean Develo...[more]
Priority areas
Islands and Oceans Net (IO Net)

The declaration was adopted at the Side Event "Towards a new dialogue for the better conservation and management of islands and their surrounding ocean areas" held from 11:00 - 12:30 Wednesday 3 September 2014. It is intended to declare - to reaffirm the importance of and our commitment to promoting...[more]

Partners
The Ocean Policy Research Foundation (OPRF) and the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) together with technical partners and other collaborators/stakeholders
Priority areas
Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership

The Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) is designed to strengthen the capacity of countries in the Caribbean to invest in climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies, as prioritised in their Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and National Adaptation Plans (NA...[more]

Partners
Government of Japan, United Nations Development Programme, Governments of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Republic of Guyana, Jamaica, Belize ...[more]
Priority areas
Ocean Industry Leadership and Collaboration for Ocean/SIDS Sustainable Development

The WOC will develop a cross-sectoral coalition of leadership companies to collaborate with other stakeholders on key SIDS sustainable development challenges, e.g. adaptation/resilience of ports to extreme events/sea level rise; increasing ocean knowledge through data collection from 'ships of oppor...[more]

Partners
World Ocean Council (WOC)
Priority areas
Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM)

Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting is a summit-level meeting which has been held every three years since 1997. Leaders openly discuss various issues that Pacific Island Countries(PICs) are facing in order to build close cooperative relationships and forge a bond of friendship between Japan and PICs. T...[more]

Partners
Government of Japan in cooperation with Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa,...[more]
Priority areas
Parliamentarians Advancing Anti-Corruption through UNCAC

To strengthen the capacity, engagement, and mechanisms for parliamentary oversight of national Pacific countries' integrity and anti-corruption through the UN Convention Against Corruption and with integrity to attain national development priorities, with specific reference to the United Nations Glo...[more]

Partners
Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) Oceania UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project UNDP UNODC National Democratic Institute
Priority areas
SIDS civil society interregional policy and advocacy hub

The partnership which will create an interregional SIDS civil society policy and advocacy hub was further confirmed by the call from the Major Groups and other Stakeholder Forum which called for greater coordination and collaboration across SIDS.The partnership will seek to undertake three main obj...[more]

Partners
Pacific Islands Association for Non Governmental Organizations (PIANGO), Caribbean Policy Development Centre
Priority areas
UNEP Montreal Protocol OzonAction Programme

Under the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, countries worldwide are taking specific, time-targeted actions to reduce and eliminate the production and consumption of man-made chemicals that destroy the stratospheric ozone layer, Earth’s protective shield. The objective of ...[more]

Partners
Partners: Governments: UNEP-Montreal Protocol Compliance Programme works and supports all SIDS in sustaining Montreal Protocol Compliance. Australia | Multilateral Fund | Canada | Multilateral...[more]
Priority areas
Vanuatu NGO Climate Change Adaptation Program

The Vanuatu NGO Climate Change Adaptation Program (2012-2014), funded by the Australian Government, is implemented by a consortium of six organisations: Save the Children, CARE International in Vanuatu, Vanuatu Red Cross Society, Vanuatu Rural Development Training Centres Association, SPC/GIZ and co...[more]

Partners
Oxfam CARE International in Vanuatu Save the Children Vanuatu Red Cross Society Vanuatu Rural Development Training Centres Association SPC/GIZ Vanautu Humanitarian Team (VHT) Vanuatu Climate Ad...[more]
Priority areas
WWF/TRAFFIC Pacific Shark Heritage Programme

The development of the Pacific Shark Heritage Programme will assist the significant improvement for marine shark and ray species throughout the Pacific region by improving shark management at both national and regional levels. The Programme will highlight the crucial role sharks and rays play not ju...[more]

Partners
WWF; TRAFFIC; James Cook University; University of the South Pacific; SPREP
Priority areas
Overview
Partnerships
There is an urgent need to strengthen international cooperation and ensure genuine and durable partnerships at the national, regional and international levels to address issues related to the sustainable development priorities and needs of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The SAMOA Pathway supports North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation, and especially cooperation among SIDS. It hopes for partnerships that genuine and durable in nature, and are based on mutual collaboration and ownership, accountability and transparency, and backed by strong political will. The Secretary General is requested to present recommendations for a partnership framework to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments.

Financing
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face unique vulnerabilities that require financing from all sources, domestic and international, public and private, capacity building assistance, international financing, and official development assistance.

The SAMOA Pathway urges donors to improve development effectiveness, while also calling for SIDS to strengthen leadership regarding their own development. It reaffirms commitment to support SIDS in strengthening domestic policies and financing, provide access in international arrangement and modalities, implement commitments within the framework of the UNFCC, and reduce transfer costs related to remittances in line with their importance to SIDS economies.

Trade
Given the unique and particular vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), for example, small size, limited negotiating capacity and remoteness from markets, efforts are needed to support their further integration regionally and between the regions and in world markets.

The SAMOA Pathway supports SIDS efforts by encouraging their engagement in major trade and economic agreements, obtaining technical assistance through trade-related assistance mechanisms, assessing implications and mitigating the impact of non-tariff barriers to their market access opportunities, and developing partnerships to enhance their participation in international trade.

Capacity Building
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) require investments in education and training programmes to develop human and institutional capacities to build resilience of their societies and economies.

The SAMOA Pathway supports SIDS efforts to improve mechanisms and resources through UN system-wide capacity building programmes, boost their own national institutions to complement this UN support, ensure inclusion of capacity building and institutional strengthening in cooperation frameworks and partnerships with bilateral and UN bodies. It also encourages the establishment of a dedicated intensive training programme for sustainable development for SIDS in the University Consortium of SIDS, strengthening of technical assistance programs with the UNDP and UNOSSC, building of national capacity to utilize cost benefit analysis for informed policymaking. The SAMOA Pathway also supports building capacity to fulfil reporting requirements from international agreements, establishing IT and communications platforms, and ensuring women are able to benefit from capacity building and that these reformed institutions are inclusive.

Technology
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) require reliable, affordable, modern and environmentally sound technologies to achieve their sustainable development targets.
The SAMOA Pathway supports this effort, as well as the use of IT and communication technology in improved infrastructure, training, national legislation, and public and private sector involvement.

Data and Statistics
Data and statistics play a crucial role in planning, following up, and evaluating development work in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The SAMOA Pathway calls for strengthening the availability and accessibility of data and statistical systems by launching new and existing partnership initiatives, utilizing UN statistical standards and resources, and improving the collection and use of gender statistics and disaggregated data with appropriate financial and technical support. It calls on the UN and affiliated organizations to support a sustainable development statistics and information programme for SIDS, design appropriate indices to assess their progress, complementing the current suite of statistical indicators.

Institutional Support for SIDS
The SAMOA Pathway calls upon the UN system, international and regional financial institutions, and multilateral organizations to continue to support the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and incorporate their sustainable development priorities into their relevant strategic framework. The UN system should ensure that it fully takes into account SIDS issues and priorities, enhances their voice in its decision making, improves interregional cooperation between SIDS, and addresses their issues in the General Assembly (GA) and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) forums. It calls on the Secretary General to review the UN system’s support for SIDS, and present these results in the 70th session of the GA.
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