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The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa.

The SIDS Conference will focus the world's attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.

Side events sponsored by Governments, UN system and other Inter-governmental Organizations, and Major Groups, will be organized during the Conference and the meetings of its Preparatory Committee, including inter-sessional meetings.

The side events will allow space for sharing experiences and provide alternative opportunities for dialogue and will be coordinated and managed by the Conference Secretariat.

Partnership Dialogues
The overarching theme of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in 2014 is "The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships".

The Conference will include six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues, which are expected to provide an opportunity for a) Recognizing successful partnerships, b) Launching innovative and concrete partnerships, and c) Interactive and focused discussions on key priorities related to SIDS.

International Year of SIDS
2014 is the International Year of Small Island Developing States, which will celebrate the contributions that Small Island Developing States has made to the world.

The Year will help raise awareness of the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States.

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