New! Small Island Economies

In this section, you may find new materials that have been published on the topic of ‘Small Island Economies’, since the date of the event. We continually select major new publications and articles that add up to the policy points discussed in the briefing.

 Regional organic body keen to plant trees at SIDS  
SIDSlive.com, 28/08/2014
We’ll plant trees to offset carbon emissions is the voice of support from the Pacific Organic and Ethical Community (POETCom).POETCom co-ordinator Karen Mapusua today arrived in Samoa to participate in the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.“We are an organic agricultural organization that believes in sustainable productions systems and diversity and trees are an important part of sustainable systems, particularly when we are thinking about adaptation to climate change, says Mapusua. “We are in full support of the Offset ISLANDS 2014 campaign and the awareness the Samoa Observer and Women in Business Development are raising.”

CTA Publishing: Building resilience in small island developing states
CTA, August 2014
Small island developing states (SIDS) face many challenges linked to their social, physical and environmental characteristics. But many success stories are emerging of how communities, organisations and governments are working together to overcome these challenges. CTA works with partners to help shape a new future for the people of the islands in building their resilience for food and nutrition security. CTA is organising several events in the coming months at both the UN SIDS conference in September and the Caribbean Week of Agriculture in October.

Samoa to chair the Oceania 21 Leaders Summit 2015
talamula.com, July 2014
Following the Second Oceania Summit which took place in Noumea from 29 June – 2 July 2014, Samoa’s Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo has been elected Chairman for the Third Oceania 21 Leaders’ Summit to be held in Noumea, 2015. The Oceania 21 Summit, originally established in 2012 as the (Pacific) “Leaders’ Summit” and supported by 15 Pacific Island States and Territories, was conceived after the Rio+20 event with the aim of galvanizing Pacific support to promote sustainable development, share innovatory experiences, design joint projects and examine consequences of climate change events on the Pacific Island nations.

Member States Adopt Draft Outcome of SIDS Conference
SIDS2014.com, July 2014
UN Member States adopted the Draft Outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), titled ‘SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action [S.A.M.O.A.] Pathway,’ concluding the work of the Preparatory Committee. The resumed PrepCom took place until 11 July 2014. The conference will take place from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa, under the overarching theme, ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS through Genuine and Durable Partnerships.’
The preamble recognizes SIDS’s ownership and leadership in overcoming some of their challenges, while stressing the critical role of international cooperation and partnerships of various kinds and across a wide variety of stakeholders in the implementation of SIDS’ sustainable development. It further notes that such partnerships should be based on the principle of national ownership, mutual trust, transparency and accountability.

Small islands, big challenges: rethinking the Pacific aid architecture
devpolicy.org, 23 October 2013
The OECD DAC highlights the Oceania region (comprising 22 island countries and territories) as the highest per capita recipient of development aid globally – standing at US$237 per capita, about 4.8 times more than the African region (US$49 per capita) and almost ten times more than the global average for aid to all developing countries combined (US$24 per capita). Such statistics raise legitimate questions. Does the Pacific islands region need more development aid when it is already the highest recipient of aid per capita globally? Why is the Pacific islands region not tracking well on many global targets and indicators (such as the MDGs)?

– Key CTA Briefing to push climate change and green growth agenda in the Pacific
ACP Secretariat, 24 October 2012
Policy-makers, researchers, civil society groups, and development partners will gather in Port Vila, Vanuatu 31 October – 2 November 2012 to address the vulnerabilities of the Pacific islands in the face of climate change  in a special briefing session organized by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development (CTA) and partners.  [Press Release]

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