Exhibition: Small Island Developing States
Since the Rio Summit in 1992, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are recognized as particularly vulnerable to external threats, including global climate change and the global economic crisis. While these States benefit from a wide range of marine resources that maintain their livelihoods and economies, they are also on the frontlines when it comes to sea-level rise and extreme climatic events. Furthermore, their remote locations, poor transport infrastructure and limited land resources contribute to the economic marginalization and vulnerability of many small island States. While many of these problems may seem insurmountable, these countries have repeatedly demonstrated resilience and adaptability rooted in their diverse cultures and environments.
Designed in partnership with Magnum Photos in celebration of the International Year of Small Island Developing States 2014, the exhibition Small Island Developing States illustrates UNESCO’s contribution in helping these states, a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities, face current challenges.