Home>Upcoming events> 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States (2014 SIDS Conference)

3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States (2014 SIDS Conference)

2014/09/05001
南南合作
Save to a list
Event Participation
Event Number
001
Event Name
3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States (2014 SIDS Conference)
Country/Region
Apia Samoa
Event Date
2014-08-30
Event Category
conference attendance
Event Description

Where: Apia, Samoa 

Sponsor:

     united nations development program(UNDP)

     united nations of south-south corporation(UNOSSC)

      Government of Samoa

Co-organizer:

     (SS-TPC)


Back group

International Conference on Small Island Developing Sates is a conference of the world's 51 small island developing countries and regions held by UN. Most of them are broken down into two geographic regions: Pacific and Caribbean. Its size is about 770,000 square kilometers with a population of about 65 million. However, There is a quite difference of living standard among small island countries, for example, the GDP of Singapore is over $51,000 ( it is the only developed countries of small island), while Comoros only have $830 of GDP. Small islands, which are known to be their distinctive biodiversity, are the habitat of many peculiar species. Due to the small size and isolation, islands are facing a series of challenges: climate change and nature disaster. For example, if sea level rises up 50 cm, 60% beach of Grenada is inundated. If the level rises up 1 meter, Maldives would completely under water.

The first “International Conference on Small Island Developing States” (SIDS) stared in 1994 at Barbados. 

The meeting adopted “the Barbados Declaration” and “the Barbados Program of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS” (the “BPOA “). But then due to aids from the developed countries were not enough, this plan had not been seriously implemented. According to data from the United Nations, the aids for Small Island was about 2.6 percent of its gross national income in 1990, but by 2002, this figure had dropped to 1%.

January 2005, the second “International Conference on Small Island Developing States” held in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius in Indian Ocean. More than 2,000 representatives from over 40 small island countries jointly discussed global climate change, sea-level rise, pollution , sustainable development and trade issues ,at the same time, seeking international assistance , actively prevent from natural disasters like, earthquakes, tsunamis and so on.


1.3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States

When: 30/08/2014- 04/09/2014

Where: Apia, Samoa 

Theme: “The sustainable development of Small Island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships”.

In September, the world will focus on the Pacific island of Samoa. The United Nations will convene here, the 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States, to help them deal with challenges and shared prosperity

The Conference will include six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues, held in parallel with the plenary meetings:

Sustainable Economic Development

Climate change& Disaster Risk management

Social development in SIDS, Health and NCDs, youth and women

Sustainable Energy 

Oceans, Seas and Biodiversity

Water and sanitation, food security and waste management

Currently, there are many countries’ chiefs of state, heads of government and heads of international organizations had confirmed to attend. All UN’s Member and international organizations will also participate in this conference. Why so many international organizations and countries are willing to help small island countries? Because the problem faced by small island country is the problem facing by us. We are bound together for good and ill. Therefore, we are seeking a “global solution." The conference will provide a small island country a good platform to show their experience and efforts in terms of economic growth, climate change, social welfare, the protection of marine resources etc. The international community will listen and learn carefully. 

 

2.Arrangement 

The private Sector Forum (30th-31st August 2014)

Six Subjects:

Sustainable development of agriculture

Fisheries and Marine Resources

Information and communication technologies Connectivity

Renewable Energy

Sustainable Tourism Development

Disaster risk management

Multi-stakeholder Partnership Dialogues: (1st-4th September 2014)

Sustainable Economic Development

Climate change& Disaster Risk management

Social development in SIDS, Health and NCDs, youth and women

Sustainable Energy 

Oceans, Seas and Biodiversity

Water and sanitation, food security and waste management


3.Projects matching:

(1) South-South global technology equity trading platform online trading

(2) Global and regional field transaction

(3) Providing value-added services in order to promote solutions that include consulting, training, legal advice, financing channels 


4.Introducing Samoa

The Independent State of Samoa (Samoan: Malo Sa'oloto Tuto'atasi o Samoa) , formerly known as Western Samoa, is an Oceanian country encompassing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. It became independent from New Zealand in 1962. Samoa is located south of the equator, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand in the Polynesian region of the Pacific Ocean. The total land area is 2,842 km². The highest point in Samoa is Mt Silisili, at 1858 m. The climate is equatorial/monsoonal, with an average annual temperature of 26.5 °C (79.7 °F), and a rainy season from November to April.

The staple products of Samoa are copra (dried coconut meat), cocoa bean (for chocolate), and bananas. Outside of a large automotive wire harness factory (Yazaki Corporation), the manufacturing sector mainly processes agricultural products. Tourism is an expanding sector which now accounts for 25% of GDP. Samoa is fully tax free countries. 2011 GDP was estimated at $ 1.09 billion, to $ 5,965 per capita. (Local currency 100 Samoan tala WST = $ 44.77)

Area: Total 2934 Km2 (165th). Water (%) 0.3

Capital: Apia

Time Zone: UTC+13, Summer UTC+14

Population: Total 194,320 (166th). Density 63.2/km2

Ethnic Groups:

92.6% Samoans

7.0% Euronesians

0.4% Europeans

Official Languages: Samoan, English

Government: Unitary, Dominant-Party


5.Representative 

Representatives usually meet at least one of the following three, and uphold the respective value propositions:

(1) The solution provider: Providing “Successful Development Solutions (SDSs)” for the original country and its development partners, in terms of renewable energy and climate change, in order to demonstrate sustainability and scalability the success of SDS.

(2)  The solution seekers: Providing a good opportunity for those countries seeking SDS, to help them learn a lesson from a wide range of SDS, and solve common development issues though they way of South-South cooperation. 

(3)  Donors: Providing the opportunity for the third party (such as: donor agencies, UN organizations, the private sector and civil organizations) to demonstrate that it can understand the true value of SDS, to make strategic decisions, and growing through new tripartite and public-private partnerships.

Please contact the South-South International Trade Promotion Centre for consultation

 

© South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE). 2014