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Small Islands – Big Challenges: Building on the Samoa Pathway

Start:
7 October 2014 12:30 pm
End:
7 October 2014 2:30 pm

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Small Islands – Big Challenges
Building on the Samoa Pathway
Lunchtime meeting – 7 October 2014, 12h30 – 14h30
Rue Archimède 5, 1000 Brussels

The 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), held in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014, was a major milestone in the deepening of international awareness of the special development case of SIDS. A series of commitments were made to lift SIDS out of the conundrum of the vulnerability-resilience nexus. These revolve around six major areas: sustainable economic development, climate change and disaster risk management, sustainable energy, social development, ocean and seas, and food security and waste management.

The issue of financing for sustainable development in SIDS was also identified as a vital axis in the resolution of the impact of exogenous shocks that plague SIDS, requiring international commitment including that of the revision of criteria used to determine Middle Income Country (MIC) status and the phenomenon of negative differentiation. The outcome document, the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway, reaffirms the peculiarities of SIDS while praising their home-grown models of development, and is now the blueprint for future positive action. The Conference also looked forward to upcoming international encounters such as the UN Climate Change Summit and the Post 2015 Development Agenda to provide comfort to SIDS in their longstanding desire for action based on recognition of their structurally-predetermined realities. Expectations therefore are great, but in the aftermath of the Conference many questions need to be answered.

To what extent can we expect that the major concerns of SIDS be addressed by global institutions? How can SIDS play a decisive role in global fora where issues of vital interest to them are discussed?  How can Brussels, as a hub for policy and action, play a role in providing a platform for dialogue on SIDS issues? What role can the EU play in climate change discussions and in the Post 2015 development agenda where SIDS are concerned? These are among some of the questions being raised by this symposium which is jointly organized by the Embassy of the Eastern Caribbean States and the European Centre for Development Policy Management, in Brussels.

You can listen in to the event live by clicking here.

Programme

12.00
Registration and sandwich lunch

12.30
Opening:
H.E. Dr. Len Ishmael, ECS Mission

Panelists:
H.E. Dr. Len Ishmael, Ambassador of the ECS
H.E. Jagdish Koonjul, Ambassador of Mauritius
Mr. John Caloghirou, EEAS Caribbean Director
Mr. Stein Hanson, Chief Strategic Donor Relations, SIDE Focal Point, UNIDO
Moderated by Geert Laporte, Deputy Director ECDPM

Please contact Marine Martinie ([email protected]) or telephone: 32 (0)2 237 43 10 to register for this event.

Related reading:

Report of the “Breaking the Myth of Paradise: the Future of SIDS” Symposium

Draft outcome document of the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

UN Conference on Small Island Developing States

Brussels Developing Briefing: Pictures and Videos: Private Sector Partnerships Forum 3rd SIDS Conference

Development in a Changing Climate Blog: Keep it Simple: 7 Takeaways from the Small Island Developing States Conference

Economic Transformation and TradeSmall Island Developing States (SIDS)