United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
Mr. Nikhil Seth
Director, Division for Sustainable Development
DESA
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partnerships
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We affirm that there are different approaches, visions, models and tools available to each country, in accordance with its national circumstances and priorities, for achieving sustainable development in its three dimensions, which is our overarching goal. In this regard, we consider the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication as one of the important tools available for achieving sustainable development. We call upon the United Nations system, in collaboration with other stakeholders, to strengthen its coordination and support of small island developing States that want to pursue green economy policies.
UNITAR:
Green Economy Training Programme (delivered 2014)

UNCTAD: promotes trade-related activities based on the wealth of opportunities offered by the ocean economy (publication, global event in 2015).

IOM: Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP) (Completion: December 2016)

OESC/DESA: The 2015 ECOSOC Integration Segment – HLPF discussion on SIDS (Jun-Jul 2015)
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Recognizing that forests are vital to livelihoods and ecosystems, we strongly support the efforts of small island developing States:
To participate in the review of the International Arrangement on Forests under the United Nations Forum on Forests in order to explore the full range of options on the future of the Arrangement;
DESA: UNFF
101
In this regard, we request the Secretary-General, in consultation with Member States, to present recommendations, including through the use of existing intergovernmental mechanisms, for a partnership framework to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for small island developing States. The framework should ensure that partnerships focus on the priorities of small island developing States, identify new opportunities to advance their sustainable development of and ensure the full implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action, the Mauritius Strategy and the Samoa Pathway. The recommendations should be presented to the General Assembly for consideration and action at its sixty-ninth session.
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We reaffirm the role that data and statistics play in development planning in small island developing States and the need for the United Nations system to collect statistics from those States, irrespective of size and in the least burdensome way, by, inter alia, allowing electronic submission and, where appropriate, submissions through competent regional agencies.
UNEP: UNEP-Live
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Furthermore, we call upon the United Nations, the specialized agencies and relevant intergovernmental organizations, in accordance with their respective mandates:
To make greater use of the national statistics and development indicators of small island developing States, where available;

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To support a sustainable development statistics and information programme for small island developing States;
IOM: MECLEP project
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To elaborate appropriate indices for assessing the progress made in the sustainable development of small island developing States that better reflect their vulnerability and guide them to adopt more informed policies and strategies for building and sustaining long-term resilience and to strengthen national disaggregated data and information systems as well as analytical capabilities for decision-making, the tracking of progress and the development of vulnerability-resilience country profiles.
UNEP: UNEP-Live has already established SIDS portions of UNEP Live in cooperation with UNSD.
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In this regard, we call upon the United Nations system to provide support:
To ensure that United Nations entities take fully into account the issues of small island developing States and include support for those States and the development of their capacities in their programmes at the appropriate levels;
UNEP through the “Support to Regional Forums” project will organize capacity building sessions to support preparedness of regions particularly SIDS in relevant global and regional negotiations and preparations for the sessions of the UN Environment Assembly.
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To continue to enhance, through national and regional initiatives, the voice and participation of small island developing States in the decision-making and norm-setting processes of international financial institutions;
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To improve interregional and intraregional cooperation and collaboration among small island developing States, including, where required, through institutional mechanisms and capacity-building;
IOM: MECLEP project
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To ensure that the issues of small island developing States are adequately addressed by the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council, as well as the high-level political forum on sustainable development convened under their auspices.
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We call upon the Committee for Development Policy of the Economic and Social Council to continue to give due consideration to the unique and particular vulnerabilities of small island developing States and to continue to monitor regularly, together with their Governments, the progress of small island developing States that have graduated from least developed country status.
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We request that the Secretary-General conduct a comprehensive review of United Nations system support for small island developing States with a view to enhancing the overall effectiveness of such support and the respective roles in supporting the sustainable development of small island developing States, and we invite the General Assembly, at its sixty-ninth session, to determine the parameters of the review. We request the Secretary-General, building on previous reports, to provide to the Assembly at its seventieth session the findings of the review and his recommendations thereon in his regular report entitled “Follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States”.
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We request the Secretary-General to ensure that the Small Island Developing States Unit of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the Secretariat continues, pursuant to its support and advisory services mandate, its analysis and reporting on the situation of small island developing States, including in the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action, the Mauritius Strategy and the Samoa Pathway, and that the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, pursuant to its advocacy mandate, ensure the mainstreaming of the Samoa Pathway and issues related to small island developing States in the work of the United Nations system and enhance the coherence of the issues of those States in United Nations processes, including at the national, regional and global levels, and continue to mobilize international support and resources to support the implementation of the Samoa Pathway by small island developing States.
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To ensure the realization of a transformational strategy for the sustainable development of small island developing States, we call upon the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and their subsidiary bodies to monitor the full implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action, the Mauritius Strategy and the Samoa Pathway, including through the monitoring frameworks of the regional commissions.
DESA: GA69 (Sep 2015), ECOSOC- HLPF discussions on SIDS (Jun-Jul 2015) UNIDO: To prevent delays and gaps in performance, annual reporting and review suggested.
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We recall that the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council, as well as the high-level political forum on sustainable development convened under their auspices, will devote adequate time to the discussion of the sustainable development challenges facing small island developing States in order to enhance engagement and implement commitments.
DESA: GA69 (Sep 1015), ECOSOC- HLPF discussions on SIDS (Jun-Jul 2015) UNIDO: To prevent delays and gaps in performance, annual reporting and review suggested.
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In this regard, we are committed to supporting the efforts of small island developing States:
To request the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly and to the Economic and Social Council on the progress achieved in implementing the priorities, commitments, partnerships and other activities of the small island developing States;
DESA: GA69 (Sep 2015), ECOSOC-HLPF discussions on SIDS (Jun-Jul 2015) UNIDO: To prevent delays and gaps in performance, annual reporting and review suggested.
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To request the Department of Economic and Social Affairs to continue to maintain a partnerships platform focused on the small island developing States and to regularly convene the inter-agency consultative group to report on the full implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action, the Mauritius Strategy and the Samoa Pathway, with adequate and timely analysis based on relevant targets and indicators relevant to the small island developing States in order to ensure accountability at all levels.
DESA: SIDS Action Platform launched (Sep 2014), Partnership Framework launched (Oct 2014) UNIDO: To prevent delays and gaps in performance, annual reporting and review suggested.
Name of Partnership
Regions
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Cultivando Agua Boa (Cultivating Good Water)
Itaipu Binacional Government of Dominican Republic Ministry of Energy and Mines ...
Energy for Sustainable Development in Caribbean Buildings
Sponsors: UNDESA, UNEP/GEF, CariCom CC Centre, Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Grenad...
Engaging Parliamentarians as Advocates with civil society to progress SRHR and ICPD in the Pacific SIDS
IPPF (International Planned Parenthood Federation) EASEOR Cook Islands Parliamen...
Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism
United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP), Ministry of Tourism of the Republic ...
Islands Programme
Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) United Nations Department of Economic and Social ...
Productive Use of Clean Energy for Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Major Groups: Climate Institute () Winrock International () UN System: Uni...
Sustainable Pathways - Protected Areas and Renewable Energy
Sponsors: UNEP/GEF, UNDESA, Antigua & Barbuda
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