United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Mr. Takehiro Nakamura
Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch

Ms. Maaike Jansen
Programme Officer Inter-Agency Officer, NY Office
UN entities
Time frame
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.
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)
30 (e)
Recognizing that sustainable tourism represents an important driver of sustainable economic growth and decent job creation, we strongly support small island developing States in taking the following actions:
Leveraging the expertise of, inter alia, the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, the Global Observatories on Sustainable Tourism of the World Tourism Organization, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism and other United Nations bodies, as well as the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns, to provide platforms for the exchange of best practices and direct and focused support to their national efforts;
UNEP: 10YFP to be further determined within the 10YFP sustainable tourism programme to be launched in November 2014. UNITAR: - World Heritage Sites Nomination Training programme (Delivered 2003 – 2014)
30 (f)
Recognizing that sustainable tourism represents an important driver of sustainable economic growth and decent job creation, we strongly support small island developing States in taking the following actions:
Establishing, upon request, an island, food and sustainable tourism support initiative based on community participation, which takes into consideration ethical values, livelihoods and human settlements, the landscape, the sea, local culture and local products, in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, regional development banks and regional and national agricultural, cultural, environmental and tourism authorities where they exist;
UNEP through 10YFP UNITAR: - World Heritage Sites Nomination Training programme Delivered 2003 – 2014)
We urge developed country parties to increase technology, finance and capacity-building support to enable increased mitigation ambition and adaptation actions on the part of developing country parties.
UNEP-UNIDO: CTCN: training for SIDS focal institutions on CTCN (timing to be confirmed)
44 (a)
We call for support for the efforts of small island developing States:
To build resilience to the impacts of climate change and to improve their adaptive capacity through the design and implementation of climate change adaptation measures appropriate to their respective vulnerabilities and economic, environmental and social situations;
UNCTAD technical assistance strengthens SIDS capacity to build resilience of maritime ports and airports to climate change effects.

UNEP: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Pathways to climate change adaptation: the case of Small Island Developing States
44 (d)
We call for support for the efforts of small island developing States:
To address remaining gaps in capacity for gaining access to and managing climate finance.
Climate financing initative
We recognize the importance of scaling up support for activities to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in the context of the REDD-plus mechanism in small island developing States, including t5he implementation of the Warsaw Framework for REDD-plus.
We urge the international community, including regional and international development banks, bilateral donors, the United Nations system, the International Renewable Energy Agency and other relevant stakeholders to continue to provide adequate support, including in the areas of capacity-building and technology transfer, on mutually agreed terms, for the development and implementation of national, regional and interregional energy policies, plans and strategies to address the special vulnerabilities of small island developing States. We welcome the Global Renewable Energy Islands Network of the International Renewable Energy Agency, which helps small island developing States by pooling knowledge and sharing best practices.
50 (f)
We strongly support actions:
To enhance international cooperation and cooperation among small island developing States for research and technological development and for the implementation of appropriate renewable energy and energy-efficient and environmentally sound technologies for small island developing States, including cleaner fossil fuel technology and smart grid technology, through the provision of, inter alia, financing from a variety of sources, the exchange of best practices and access to efficient technologies on mutually agreed terms;
50 (g)
We strongly support actions:
To access existing mechanisms, or, in regions with no existing mechanism, to encourage the establishment of user-friendly, accurate and comprehensive regional data repositories as online databases on energy, and to conduct technical studies and gather information on grid stability and management, including maximizing the integration of renewable energy and innovative storage mechanisms;
UNEP: UNEP-Live SIDS portal has been established already to include more data on energy.
52 (a)
In consideration of the special case of small island developing States and their unique and particular vulnerabilities, we are committed to supporting their efforts:
To gain access to technical assistance and financing for early warning systems, disaster risk reduction and post-disaster response and recovery, risk assessment and data, land use and planning, observation equipment, disaster preparedness and recovery education programmes, including under the Global Framework for Climate Services, and disaster risk management;
UNEP: Technical assistance to SIDS on incorporating ecoDRR in the national disaster risk deduction framework.
We recognize that an integrated ecosystem approach to ocean-related activities is needed to optimize opportunities. It should be based on the best available science, give due regard to conservation efforts and precautionary approaches and ensure coherence and balance among the three dimensions of sustainable development.
SCBD: Achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Targets by 2015-2020

UNEP: Regional Seas Programme (by 2016)

SCBD facilitates partnerships and action by States in implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and relevant Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
58 (c)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
To implement fully and effectively the regional seas programmes in which small island developing States participate;

UNEP: Regional Seas: Establishment of an information sharing platform among the four SIDS regional seas programmes with initial focus on blue economy and marine litter. WMO and UNESCO: Through http://www.jcomm.info/
58 (d)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
To address marine pollution by developing effective partnerships, including through the development and implementation of relevant arrangements, such as the United Nations Environment Programme Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities, and, as appropriate, instruments on marine debris and on nutrient, wastewater and other marine pollution, and through the sharing and implementation of best practices;
UNEP: Each of these partnerships and programme will develop specific SIDS activities and deliverables to be reviewed by the next Intergovernmental Review in 2016.
58 (e)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
To undertake urgent action to protect coral reefs and other vulnerable marine ecosystems through the development and implementation of comprehensive and integrated approaches for the management and the enhancement of their resilience to withstand pressures, including from ocean acidification and invasive species, and by drawing on measures such as those identified in the Framework for Action 2013 of the International Coral Reef Initiative;
SCBD: Capacity building workshops and information-sharing mechanism SCBD: Facilitate global and regional cooperation to support implementation of Priority Actions to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Target 10 for Coral Reefs and Closely Associated Ecosystems
We recognize the call, in the outcome of the interregional preparatory meeting for the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, adopted in Bridgetown on 28 August 2013, to facilitate a meeting on food and nutrition security in small island developing States in order to develop an action programme to address food and nutrition challenges facing those States, and we invite the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to facilitate this biennial forum.
FAO: Biennial forum—no start date indicated UNEP: launching of relevant programmes, considering the special case of SIDS at latest in the World Expo ion Milan April-May 2015.
In this regard, we call for support for the efforts of small island developing states to develop and implement programmes under the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns to advance sustainable consumption and production, with an emphasis on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, sustainable tourism, waste management, food and nutrition, lifecycles, education for sustainable development and linkages in the supply chain to promote rural development
UNEP as the secretariat for the 10YFP: The programme is already developing SIDS specific activities.
71 (a)
In this regard, we acknowledge the following actions to improve the management of chemicals and waste:
Enhancing technical cooperation programmes, including those under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management of the United Nations Environment Programme, the secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, the London Convention and Protocol and the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, to strengthen national, regional and international mechanisms for the management of waste, including chemical and hazardous waste, ship- and aircraft-generated waste and marine plastic litter, and further strengthening and expanding geographic coverage of oil spill contingency plans;
UNEP through SAICM
71 (b)
In this regard, we acknowledge the following actions to improve the management of chemicals and waste:
For States that have not done so, considering becoming parties to and ensuring an enabling environment for the implementation, including with technical and other appropriate support, of the multilateral environmental agreements on chemicals and waste and implementing, as appropriate, the Globally Harmonized System of the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management;
UNEP through SAICM and Global Partnership on Waste Management.
71 (d)
Implementing reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery and teturn approaches in accordance with national capacities and priorities, inter alia, through capacity-building and environmentally appropriate technologies
UNIDO (recycle waste into energy)
Noting that invasive alien species pose a threat to sustainable development and undermine the efforts of small island developing States to protect biodiversity and livelihoods, preserve and maintain ocean resources and ecosystem resiliency, enhance food security and adapt to climate change, we call for support for the efforts of small island developing States:
(a) To enhance multisectoral collaboration at the national, regional and international levels, including through expanded support to existing structures, to effectively address invasive alien species
UNEP: Regional Seas and regional projects (Caribbean Challenge, Micronesia Challenge and Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge)
In this regard, we reaffirm our commitment to support the efforts of small island developing States to gain access, on mutually agreed terms, to appropriate, reliable, affordable, modern and environmentally sound technologies and know-how and to increase connectivity and the use of information and communications technology through improved infrastructure, training and national legislation, as well as public and private sector involvement.
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.
115 (a)
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;

115 (b)
To support a sustainable development statistics and information programme for small island developing States;
IOM: MECLEP project
115 (c)
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.
Name of Partnership
Blue Carbon Initiative
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Conservation International Internat...
Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI)
Participating Governments: 9 island nations and territories—The Bahamas, The Br...
Clean Air and Climate Coalition (CACC)
United Nations Environment Programme (sponsor) Country Partners: Australia Bang...
Climate change mitigation through sustainable management of coastal ecosystems
UNEP, GRID-Arendal, UNEP-WCMC, IOC of UNESCO, IUCN, Academic Institutions, NGOs
Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) United Nations Industrial Developme...
DestiNet - Sustainable Tourism Information Portal
Major Groups: ECOTRANS e. V. (Germany) UN System: United Nations Environmen...
Energy for Sustainable Development in Caribbean Buildings
Sponsors: UNDESA, UNEP/GEF, CariCom CC Centre, Antigua & Barbuda, Belize, Grenad...
Generation and Delivery of Renewable Energy based Modern Energy Service: the Case of Isla de la Juventud
GEF, UNEP, UNIDO, CUBAENERGIA (Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, ...
German Strategic Cooperation with SIDS on Biodiversity and Forestry
In Particular: Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)...
German Strategic Cooperation with SIDS on Sustainable Energy
Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM); In Particular: Organization of ...
Global Adaptation Network (GAN)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Asian Development Bank (ADB) Japan...
Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network
United States Department of State, IUCN, National Oceanic and Atmosferic Adminis...
Global Efficient Lighting Partnership Programme
Partners: Global Environment Facility, Osram, Philips, National Lighting Test Ce...
Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) FIA Foundation International Transp...
Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)
United Kingdom United States of America Germany European Union France Italy ...
Global Mercury Partnership
UNEP (Sponsor): Governments Burkina Faso Cambodia Canada Côte d'Ivoire Czech R...
Global Partnership for Oceans
IOC; GEF; FAO; IUCN; the World Bank; UNEP Grid Arendal; UNEP Regional Seas Progr...
Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism
United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP), Ministry of Tourism of the Republic ...
Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML), also functioning as one of the thematic areas under GPWM
UNEP, Governments, Businesses, Academia, Local Authorities, Nongovernmental Orga...
Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Solid Waste Associatio...
Global Thermostat, LLC
- Air Force Office of Scientific Research - UNEP - UNIDO - The Global Compact - ...
Heritage strengthening in the Pacific
Pacific Heritage Hub, University of the South Pacific, SPREP, SPC, UNESCO, IUCN,...
Initiative for Intelligent Use and Management of the Oceans
UN System:: International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) (Switzerland) ...
International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA)
- Global Coordination Support provided by: United Nations Centre for Regional D...
IWECO - Integrating Water, Land and Ecosystems Management in Caribbean Small Island Developing States
Antigua & Barbuda; Cuba; Barbados; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Jamaica; Saint K...
Micronesia Challenge
The Federated States of Micronesia The Republic of the Marshall Islands The Repu...
Partners: Governments Australia | Multilateral Fund | Canada | Multilateral ...
Pacific Alliance for Sustainability
Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu,...
Pacific Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Network
SPC; Global Environment Facility (GEF); Pacific SIDS including Cook Islands, FSM...
Pacific Invasives Partnership
Secretariat of the Pacific Community; Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Enviro...
Pacific National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) Regional Support Partnership
Council of (Pacific) Regional Organisations Sustainable Development Working Grou...
Pacific Partnership Initiative on Sustainable Water Management (PPISWM)
Governments Pacific island countries and territories Intergovernmental Organisat...
Partnership for Ecosystem-based Coral Reef Management in the world's Regional Seas
UNEP; Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans; UNEP-WCMC and GRID-Arendal; In...
Ridge to Reef
Cook Islands, Fiji, Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Papua N...
Secretariat of the Pacific Community - European Union Deep Sea Minerals Project (SPC-EU DSM Project)
Lead Agencies: Secretariat of the Pacific Community, European Union Participati...
Sustainable Consumption and Production for SIDS Initiative (within the 10YFP)
UNEP, 10YFP, South Pacific Tourism Organisation, Mauritius, Samoa, Barbados, Jam...
Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All)
Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All), GEF, World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, IADB, a...
Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI)
Since its inception, necessary financial resources for the implementation of SOI...
Sustainable Pathways - Protected Areas and Renewable Energy
Sponsors: UNEP/GEF, UNDESA, Antigua & Barbuda
The En.lighten Initiative
UNEP GEF Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Australia SIDS Countries: Be...
The International Coral Reef Initiative
Member countries: Australia, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cub...
The Partnership Initiative for Sustainable Land Management in Caribbean SIDS (PILSM)
being coordinated by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago through the Caribbean...
Travel Foundation, The (formerly The Sustainable Tourism Initiative)
Governments: Government of Cyprus - Cyprus Tourism Organization Government of ...
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) United Nations Development Programme...
UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD)
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the International Labor Or...
Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIOCC)
Comoros, France-Réunion, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, T...
ADB, AUTM, Bamboo Bikes Initiative, Cambridge IP, DKPTO, EACIN, EcoMachines Incu...
Zero Hunger Challenge (ZHC)
International Labour Organization (ILO) Think Eat Save Save Food Farming First...
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