The theme of the Conference is : “Equality for Women is Progress for All – Views from the Small Island Developing States (SIDS)”
UNESCO has chosen to put the spotlight on this topic in view of the UN International Year of the Small Islands Developing States and the Third International Conference on SIDS, which will take place in Apia (Samoa) from 1 to 4 September.
Comprising some 40 Member States, SIDS are vitally important to the well-being of the planet as custodians of vast ocean spaces, essential for food security, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, natural resources, cultural diversity and heritage. They face a unique set of complex development challenges in view of their extreme vulnerability, in particular to the impact of climate change. Empowering women to cope with these challenges and ensuring their equal participation and voice in decision will be crucial in advancing sustainable human development as gender equality is a global priority for the Organization and a key pillar of the mandate of the Director-General.
With the participation of :
- Ms Joyleen Baklai Temengil, Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs of the Republic of Palau
- H.E. Mrs Laura Faxas, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to UNESCO
- H.E. Mr Bernard Shamlaye, Ambassador of Seychelles to UNESCO
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