The Steering Committee is open to all States Members of the United Nations or members of the specialized agencies, and is supporting the follow-up of existing, and promotes and advocates the launching of new, partnerships that advance the sustainable development in SIDS.
Meetings of the Steering Committee
The first meeting of the Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS was held on 25 February 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York. It was a landmark event for the follow up to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa, in September 2014, when around 300 partnerships were announced. The Steering Committee will play an important role in guiding the partnerships to ensure the full implementation of the Samoa Pathway.
The next meeting of the Steering Committee took place on 20 June 2016, New York.
The first meeting in 2017 of the Steering Committee on Partnerships for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) was held on 27 February 2017, Conference Room 9, United Nations Headquarters, New York.
Co-chairs of the Steering Committee
H.E. Mr. Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations
His Excellency Mr. Ahmed Sareer presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, as Ambassador / Permanent Representative of the Republic of Maldives to the United Nations on 20 December 2012.
Mr. Sareer is also concurrently serving as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Maldives to the United States of America having presented his Letters of Credence to His Excellency President Barack Obama on 14 January 2013.
From December 2009 until his appointment as Ambassador / Chargé d'Affaires to the Permanent Mission of Maldives to the United Nations in February 2012, Mr. Sareer served as the High Commissioner of Maldives to the People's Republic of Bangladesh. He was Deputy High Commissioner in London, United Kingdom from June 2008 to May 2009, and served as the Charge d'Affaires, Maldives Mission to the European Union, Brussels from March to June 2008. He was the Counsellor and later the Deputy High Commissioner in Colombo, Sri Lanka from July 2006 to March 2008.
As a career foreign service officer, he began his service at the Ministry Foreign Affairs in February 1986 and held various positions including Director General, Foreign Relations Department.
Mr. Sareer was Director representing the Maldives at the Secretariat of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Kathmandu from June 2000 to May 2003.
Mr. Sareer served as the Second Secretary/ Charge d'Affaires at the Permanent Mission of Maldives to the United Nations, New York from September 1992 to December 1993. He also served as Third Secretary at the High Commission of Maldives in Colombo, Sri Lanka from April 1988 to February 1989.
He was a representative of the Maldives Delegation to the 47th (1992), 48th (1993), 52nd (1997), 63rd (2007), 66th (2011), 67th (2012), 68th (2013), 69th (2014) and 70th (2015) Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York.
Since January 2015, the Maldives has assumed Chairmanship of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a coalition of 44 small island and coastal nations from around the world, and Mr. Sareer has been leading the process on behalf of the Government of Maldives.
Since January 2016, Mr. Sareer has been serving as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee on Partnerships for Small Island Developing States on behalf of the President of the United Nations General Assembly, constituted by the latter under UNGA resolution 70/202.
After completing his secondary education in the Maldives, Mr. Sareer has undertaken further studies in Australia, where he attained a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from the University of Canberra and a master's degree in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University. He also attended a Foreign Service Training Programme conducted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia.
Born in Malé, Maldives on 28 August 1965, he is married and has four children.
H.E. Mr. Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations
Sebastiano Cardi was appointed as Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York on 19 July 2013, and is currently one of the Vice-Presidents of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He also was the Chairman of the Second Committee at the 69th session of the General Assembly.
A career diplomat with over thirty years of experience both at home and abroad, he arrived in New York after serving as Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Rome (September 2010 to September 2013).
Prior to this, his post was at the Italian Embassy in Washington as Deputy Chief of Mission (May 2007 – September 2010). In August 2006 he was appointed Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister for the Reform of the United Nations Security Council.
Promoted to the rank of Minister Plenipotentiary in 2004, Cardi served at the General Directorate for Multilateral Political Affairs and Human Rights at the Foreign Ministry in Rome. In November 2001 he became Diplomatic Adviser to the President of the Italian Senate. After his promotion to the rank of First Counsellor, in 2000 he was appointed Deputy Head of the Press and Information Department of the Foreign Ministry.
From July 1994 to December 1998 Mr. Cardi was Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York, where he served as a political officer and Mission spokesperson. He was a member of the Italian delegation to the UN Security Council during Italy’s two-year term as a non-permanent member (1995-96).
In January 1991 he was appointed to the General Secretariat of the Ministry in Rome. Previously he served as Deputy Consul at the Consulate General of Italy in Paris (1987-1991). In October 1984 he was appointed First Secretary (Economic and Commercial) at the Embassy of Italy in Beijing.
Mr. Cardi attended an advanced training course at the Diplomatic Institute (December 1992 to December 1993), where he had also done his first training (October 1982 to April 1983) as an appointee to the Department for Development Cooperation.
Mr. Cardi joined the Foreign Service in 1981, and took a leave of absence in 1981-1982 to fulfil military service obligations.
While in the military, he held the rank of Second-Lieutenant, Cavalry (1981). He was awarded the decoration of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic in 2008.
Born in Rome on 15 November 1956, Sebastiano Cardi received his degree in Political Science from the University of Rome on 11 July 1980.
Global multi stakeholder SIDS partnership dialogue
The dialogue provides an opportunity for reviewing progress made by existing partnerships, sharing of good practices, lessons learned and challenges and solutions from SIDS partnerships. The dialogue will also be a platform for the launch of new partnerships for Small Island developing States.
2nd annual Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue, 7 June 2016, UNHQ, New York
The second annual Global Multi-stakeholder Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership Dialogue will take place on 7 June 2017, 1.15-2.30 PM in ECOSOC Chamber, organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) in consultation with the Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS, co-chaired by Maldives and Italy.
1st annual Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue, 22 September 2016, UNHQ, New York
Italy and Maldives, in their capacities as Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee on Partnerships for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), will be hosting the first annual Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue during the upcoming high level session of the General Assembly. This High Level Breakfast Event will take place on 22 September, 2016 from 8am to 9:30am at the 4th floor Private Dining Rooms 6-8, United Nations General Assembly Building, UNHQ, New York.
The SIDS Partnership Dialogue is part of the SIDS Partnership Framework, launched in 2016, as a follow-up to the SAMOA Pathway. It is intended to launch new partnerships and follow-up on existing partnerships through sharing of best practices, challenges and successes. The first Global Publication on Partnerships for SIDS will also be launched at the event.
As an input to the Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue in September, the Secretariat and the co-chairs of the Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS, prepared a publication of the progress of SIDS partnerships since the SIDS Conference.