United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Mr. Douglas Nakashima
UNESCO Focal Point for SIDS
Chief, Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge Section
Division of Science Policy and Sustainable Development
UNESCO HQ in Paris
Paris
33-1-4568-3969
d.nakashima@unesco.org

Ms. Ana Persic
Science Specialist
UNESCO Office in New York
+1 212 963 2007
a.persic@unesco.org

Mr. Khalissa Ikhlef
Assistant Programme Specialist
Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge Section
UNESCO HQ in Paris
Paris
+33 1 45 68 40 27
k.ikhlef@unesco.org

Ms. Nicle Webley
Assistant Programme Specialist
Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building
UNESCO HQ in Paris
Paris
33 1 45 68 40 31
n.webley@unesco.org
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As it is vitally important to support the efforts of small island developing States to build resilient societies and economies, we recognize that beyond the rich ecosystems of those States, people are their greatest resource. In order to achieve sustained, inclusive and equitable growth with full and productive employment, social protection and the creation of decent work for all, small island developing States, in partnership with the international community, will seek to increase investment in the education and training of their people. Migrants and diaspora communities and organizations also play an important role in enhancing development in their communities of origin. Sound macroeconomic policies and sustainable economic management, fiscal predictability, investment and regulatory certainty, responsible borrowing and lending and debt sustainability are also critical, as is the need to address high rates of unemployment, particularly among youth, women and persons with disabilities.
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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)
27 (a)
Taking into full account their national development priorities and individual country circumstances and legislation, we call for support for the efforts of small island developing States to take the following actions:
Enhancing international cooperation, exchanges and investments in formal and non-formal education and training to create an environment that supports sustainable investments and growth. This includes the development of entrepreneurial and vocational skills, support for transitions from basic to secondary education and from school to work, the building and strengthening of education infrastructure, better health, active citizenship, respect for cultural diversity, non‑discrimination and environmental consciousness for all people, including women, youth and persons with disabilities;
27 (g)
Taking into full account their national development priorities and individual country circumstances and legislation, we call for support for the efforts of small island developing States to take the following actions:
Promoting and enhancing the use of information and communications technologies for, inter alia, education, the creation of employment, in particular youth employment, and economic sustainability purposes in small island developing States;
UN Women: The Knowledge gateway on Women’s Economic Empowerment is a large partnership initiative led by UN Women and will be launched in the Pacific towards the end of 2014.
30 (a)
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:
Developing and implementing policies that promote responsive, responsible, resilient and sustainable tourism, inclusive of all peoples;
30 (b)
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:
Diversifying sustainable tourism through products and services, including large-scale tourism projects with positive economic, social and environmental impacts and the development of ecotourism, agritourism and cultural tourism;
30 (d)
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:
Designing and implementing participatory measures to enhance employment opportunities, in particular of women, youth and persons with disabilities, including through partnerships and capacity development, while conserving their natural, built and cultural heritage, especially ecosystems and biodiversity;
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)
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We reaffirm the importance of engaging a broad range of stakeholders at the global, regional, subregional, national and local levels, including national, subnational and local governments and the scientific community,private businesses and civil society, and also including youth and persons with disabilities, and also reaffirm that gender equality and the effective participation of women and indigenous peoples are important for effective action on all aspects of climate change.
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 (c)
We call for support for the efforts of small island developing States:
To raise awareness and communicate climate change risks, including through public dialogue with local communities, to increase human and environmental resilience to the longer-term impacts of climate change;
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.
52 (d)
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 implement the Hyogo Framework for Action and work for an ambitious renewed international framework for post-2015 disaster risk reduction that builds on previous achievements, prioritizes prevention and mitigation and incorporates implementation frameworks to address implementation gaps if and when they exist;
52 (e)
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 mainstream policies and programmes related to disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and development, as appropriate;
UNIDO promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID)
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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 (a)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
To promote and support national, subregional and regional efforts to assess, conserve, protect, manage and sustainably use the oceans, seas and their resources by supporting research and the implementation of strategies on coastal zone management and ecosystem-based management, including for fisheries management, and enhancing national legal and institutional frameworks for the exploration and sustainable use of living and non-living resources;
SCBD: SOI Action Plan 2015 – 2020 including capacity building activities; Ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) regional workshops; Additional regional workshops will be held in 2015 for (i) the North-west Indian Ocean and (ii) the Bay of Bengal; Marine spatial planning approaches.
58 (b)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
To engage in national and regional efforts to sustainably develop the ocean resources of small island developing States and generate increasing returns for their peoples;
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
58 (f)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
To undertake marine scientific research and develop the associated technological capacity of small island developing States, including through the establishment of dedicated regional oceanographic centres and the provision of technical assistance, for the delimitation of their maritime areas and the preparation of submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf;
DOALOS: training course on article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; technical assistance regarding maritime delimitation.
58 (j)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
For States that have not done so, to consider becoming parties to the 2001 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage
58 (k)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
To promote the conservation, sustainable use and management of straddling and highly migratory fish stocks, including through measures that benefit small island developing States that are adopted by relevant regional fisheries management organizations and arrangements;
DOALOS technical assistance the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UNCLOS)
58 (n)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
To enhance local, national, regional and global cooperation to address the causes of ocean acidification and to further study and minimize its impacts, including through information-sharing, regional workshops, the integration of scientists from small island developing States into international research teams, steps to make marine ecosystems more resilient to the impacts of ocean acidification and the possible development of a strategy for all small island developing States on ocean acidification;
CBD Technical Series No. 75 launched at CBD COP 12.
58 (o)
With this in mind, we strongly support action:
To conserve by 2020 at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas in small island developing States, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and for ecosystem services, through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures in order to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss in the marine environment;
SCBD: SOI Action Plan 2015 – 2020 including capacity building activities; Additional regional workshops to will be held in 2015 for (i) the North-west Indian Ocean and (ii) the Bay of Bengal.
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In this regard, we are committed to supporting the efforts of small island developing States:
(a) To develop institutional and human capacities for the effective, inclusive and sustainable implementation of the integrated management of water resources and related ecosystems, including supporting women’s engagement in water management systems;
(d) To improve water-use efficiency and work towards eliminating over-extraction, especially of groundwater, and to mitigate the effects of saltwater intrusion.
77 (a)
In this regard, we support the efforts of small island developing States:

To eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and girls;

77 (c)
To strengthen women’s economic empowerment and ensure equal access to full and productive employment and decent work;
77 (g)
To ensure the promotion and protection of the human rights of all women and their sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences;
77 (h)
To tackle the structural and socioeconomic inequalities and multiple intersecting forms of discrimination that affect women and girls, including those with disabilities, that hinder progress and development;
81 (a)
In this regard, we strongly support the efforts of small island developing States:
To promote cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and international cooperation in the cultural field in line with applicable international conventions, in particular those of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
81 (b)
In this regard, we strongly support the efforts of small island developing States:
To leverage and build on the joint work of the World Intellectual Property Organization and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization;
81 (c-e)
In this regard, we strongly support the efforts of small island developing States:
(c) To develop and strengthen national and regional cultural activities and infrastructures, including through the network of World Heritage Sites, which reinforce local capacities, promote awareness in small island developing States, enhance tangible and intangible cultural heritage, including local and indigenous knowledge, and involve local people for the benefit of present and future generations;
(d) To develop cultural and creative industries, including tourism, that capitalize on their rich heritage of and have a role to play in sustainable and inclusive growth;
(e) To develop domestic mechanisms to conserve, promote, protect and preserve their natural, tangible and intangible cultural heritage practices and traditional knowledge.
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We support the development of action plans in small island developing States to eliminate violence against women and girls, who are often targets of gender-based violence and are disproportionately affected by crime, violence and conflict, and to ensure they are centrally involved in all relevant processes.
UN Women: joints initiatives and joint programming with UNFPA and other partners in the Pacific
88 (a)
We are committed, in this regard, to strongly supporting the efforts of small island developing States:
To provide high-quality education and training for youth and girls with a
focus on the most vulnerable, in particular persons with disabilities, including in creative, cultural and environment-related fields, so that all people have the necessary skills and can take advantage of employment opportunities to lead productive lives;
88 (b)
We are committed, in this regard, to strongly supporting the efforts of small island developing States:
To ensure that education contributes to further building peace and promoting social inclusion;
88 (c)
We are committed, in this regard, to strongly supporting the efforts of small island developing States:
To increase their investment in education, training and skills development for all, including vocational training, and to improve their access to formal and non-formal education, including to gain entrepreneurial skills, through both formal and non-formal means, such as the use of distance teaching and the development of training approaches appropriate for small island developing States.
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We recognize that, overall, small island developing States have extraordinary marine and terrestrial biodiversity that in many cases is fundamental to their livelihoods and identity. Noting that this valuable biodiversity and the ecosystem services it provides are at grave risk, we strongly support the efforts of small island developing States:

(a) To conserve biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources;
(c) To access financial and technical resources for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity.
106 (c)
In this regard, we reaffirm our commitment to support the efforts of small island developing States:
To implement, with the provision of appropriate financial resources, in line with existing international commitments within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, climate change adaptation and mitigation projects;
109 (a)
In this regard, we strongly support the efforts of small island developing States:
To improve existing mechanisms and resources to provide coordinated and coherent United Nations system-wide capacity-building programmes for small island developing States through United Nations country teams, in collaboration with national agencies, regional commissions and intergovernmental organizations, to enhance national capacities and institutions, building on the lessons and successes of the Capacity 2015 initiative;
109 (d)
To establish a dedicated intensive training programme for sustainable development for small island developing States in the University Consortium of Small Island States;
109 (e)
To strengthen technical assistance programmes in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation and regional institutions in small island developing States;
109 (h)
To establish national and regional information and communications technology platforms and information dissemination hubs in small island developing States to facilitate information exchange and cooperation, building on existing information and communication platforms, as appropriate;
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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.
Name of Partnership
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Advancing Child Rights with Equity among OECS Member and Associate Member States
USAID for its support in juvenile justice CDB, CXC, UWI, USAID, FDCC, UNESCO, W...
Blue Carbon Initiative
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Conservation International Internat...
Bridging the GAP: Driving partnerships for the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Partner Networks of the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainab...
Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) for the SIDS: GFCS-SIDS
International Organizations: World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nat...
Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)
United Kingdom United States of America Germany European Union France Italy ...
Global Ocean Acidification - Observing Network (GOA-ON)
Scientific Commission on Oceanic Research (SCOR) Intergovernmental Oceanographic...
Global Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System
Within the SIDS the main partners of the US Tsunami Program include the official...
Harnessing Science Technology and Innovation (STI) for resilience building of SIDS
Governments of Comoros, Mauritius, Madagascar, and Seychelles Ministries of Educ...
Heritage strengthening in the Pacific
Pacific Heritage Hub, University of the South Pacific, SPREP, SPC, UNESCO, IUCN,...
Improving transitions from school to work through engaging youth in policy dialogue
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Schoo...
Initiative for Intelligent Use and Management of the Oceans
Governments: Government of United States of America - Atlantic Oceanographic & ...
Learning from the Sharp End of Environmental Uncertainty in SIDS
Organisations with lead contact individual in brackets: University of Bristol Ed...
Local and Indigenous Knowledge in Small Islands
UNESCO, Originally Thailand, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands, and now expanded
OzonAction
Partners: Governments Australia | Multilateral Fund | Canada | Multilateral ...
Pacific Biosphere Reserves Network: A tool for Exchange and Cooperation
UNDP, SPREP, IUCN, WWF, Jeju Korea, Pacific SIDS
Pacific Heritage Hub
Pacific: Pacific Heritage Hub (PHH) at the University of the South Pacific (USP)...
Promoting South-South Cooperation through Climate Change Education in Asia-Pacific Small Island Developing States
UNESCO Jakarta, UNESCO Apia, Malaysian Ministry of Education (Educational Planni...
Regional Seas Programme
UN-Ocean agencies, participating Governments, IUCN, regional organisations such ...
SANDWATCH - a Global Observatory of Changing Environments in SIDS based on citizen science
Sandwatch is an international partnership between the United Nations Educational...
SIDS Youth AIMS Hub
SIDS Youth AIMS Hub (SYAH), Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), ENL Foundation, U.S. ...
SIDS Youth Network
Major Group for Children and Youth, Pacific Youth Network, Caribbean Youth Netwo...
Supporting Comprehensive Sexuality Education in the Pacific
UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, Governments of Samoa, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Solomon...
Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Caribbean Island States
1) Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hidráulicos (INDRHI), Santo Domingo, Dominican...
The International Coral Reef Initiative
Member countries: Australia, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cub...
UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development (SCTD)
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), together with the International Labor Or...
UNAIDS
UNHCR UNICEF WFP UNDP UNFPA UNODC UN Women ILO UNESCO WHO The World Bank
United Nations Pacific Interagency Task Force on Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Control (UN PIATF)
Membership of the task force is open to UN system agencies, funds and programmes...
Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIOCC)
Comoros, France-Réunion, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, T...
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