Thematic Day on Small Islands and Developing States at COP22

When, local time: 
Saturday, 12 November 2016 -
9:30am to 4:00pm
Where: 
Morocco, Marrakech
Type of Event: 
Interagency meeting
Contact: 
Khalissa Ikhlef, k.ikhlef@unesco.org, 0145684027

UNESCO’s Section for Small Islands and Indigenous Knowledge will organize a series of discussions on the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and climate change during the thematic day dedicated to SIDS at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22).
Different international and regional agencies, NGOs, experts and governments are invited to a transdisciplinary dialogue to ensure that island voices on environment and development issues are heeded so that they become a catalyst for action on the ground.

Special attention will be given to SIDS preparedness and response to natural disasters in combating climate and environmental change through a participatory and multidisciplinary approach.

Among the key speakers is the former President of Kiribati, H.E. Mr Anote Tong, distinguished Fellow of Conservation International.

This event is organized in the framework of the UNESCO Action Plan 2016-2021 dedicated to SIDS and approved by its Member States in April 2016. Through this Action Plan, the organization is committed to building a solid foundation for enhancing SIDS resilience and self-reliance.

Following is the list of speakers:

• Migration and Adaptation in SIDS
Dina IONESCO, Head, Migration, Environment and Climate Change (tbc)

• Développement d’un réseau national d’aires protégées terrestres et marines représentatives du patrimoine naturel unique des Comores et cogérées avec les communautés villageoises locales
Representative of the Government of Comoros (tbc)

• Apport de la géomatique sur l’identification des impacts du changement climatique aux Comores : cas de la naissance d’une mangrove après élévation du niveau de la mer sur l’île de Ngazidja.
Andilyat Mohamed, Herbier Des Comores, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Université des Comores

• Supporting SIDS Youth in dealing with adaptation and mitigation of Climate Change through training programs on Green Entrepreneurship, and Global North and Global South collaboration.
Meghna Raghoobar, President, SIDS Youth AIMS Hub (SYAH), Mauritius

• The Pacific Rising Initiative and PACIFIC OCEANSCAPE
Mr. Ante Tong, former president of Kiribati, and currently Distinguished Fellow of Conservation International

• Combining traditional knowledge with modern scientific methods to aid adaptation in Vanuatu
Mr Mike Sam WAIWAI, Department of Meteorology Geo-Hazards, Vanuatu
• Community-based assessment of loss and damage due to climate change in the Pacific: a joint UNESCO/ PaCE-SD project
Professor Elisabeth Holland, Director, Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD), The University of the South Pacific, Fiji

• Wiki-based online educational resource that supports classroom use of UNESCO’s Reef and Rainforest encyclopedia of Marovo’s indigenous knowledge in the Solomon Islands.
Teanau Tuiono, New Zealand