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UNESCO and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

 

“Small Island Developing States (SIDS) remain a special case for sustainable development. We recognize the ownership and leadership of SIDS in overcoming some of these challenges, but stress that, in the absense of international cooperation, success will remain difficult. ”

Preamble of the Samoa Pathway

UNESCO has been among the pioneers in the UN system supporting SIDS in their efforts to achieve sustainable development and carrying their challenges to the forefront of the global agenda. 

In 2008, to ensure that UNESCO’s unique multi-disciplinary expertise – in science, culture, climate change, education, biodiversity resource preservation, knowledge management and information for decision-making – are productively used in addressing the multiplicity of challenges facing SIDS, a UNESCO intersectoral platform has been established. The SIDS platform mobilizes UNESCO’s house-wide contribution for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through an integrated approach to sustainable island living and development, emphasizing interregional linkages and cooperation, reflecting the priority status assigned to SIDS in UNESCO’s current strategy.

Assisting SIDS in the implementation of the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action, the 2005 Mauritius Strategy and the SAMOA Pathway has been a priority for the Organization. As a follow-up to the Organization’s commitment to implement the outcomes of the Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa, UNESCO has developed, in consultation with its SIDS Member States, a long-term SIDS Action Plan (2016-2021), unanimously adopted by its Member States during the Organization’s Executive Board in April 2016. The Action Plan benefits from an intersectoral engagement across all of UNESCO’s programmes, and its implementation mobilizes networks of sites and a wide range of partners and stakeholders in SIDS and other countries worldwide, including inter-regional, interinstitutional and inter-agency collaboration.

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"Small islands are  really vast  ocean states whose land  area  is  only  a  part  of  their  territory  and  whose experience is vital for all the inhabitants of our blue planet."

    —Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO (2009-2017)

"We have heard much about the special vulnerabilities of Small Island Developing States and the particular challenges that they face. At the same time, there is also need to stress the very special positive characteristics and strengths of small island nations and communities: their extraordinary capacity for adaptation and innovation; their proven determination and capability to overcome many adversities; their role as one of the world’s front-line zones for addressing the challenges of sustainable development and sustainable living; and the recognized importance of maintaining solidarity among themselves while treasuring their diversity."

   —Koïchiro Matsuura, former Director-General of UNESCO (1999 - 2009)

 

List of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

 

UNESCO SIDS Member States

1. Antigua and Barbuda

2. Bahamas

3. Barbados

4. Belize

5. Cabo Verde

6. Comoros*

7. Cook Islands

8. Cuba

9. Dominica

10. Dominican Republic     

11. Fiji

12. Grenada

13. Guinea-Bissau*

14. Guyana

15. Haiti*

16. Jamaica

17. Kiribati*

18. Maldives

19. Marshall Islands

20. Mauritius

21. Micronesia (Federated States of)

22. Nauru

23. Niue

24. Palau

25. Papua New Guinea

26. Saint Kitts and Nevis

27. Saint Lucia

28. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

29. Samoa

30. Sao Tome and Principe*

31. Singapore

32. Seychelles

33. Solomon Islands*

34. Suriname

35. Timor-Leste*

36. Tonga

37. Trinidad and Tobago

38. Tuvalu*

39. Vanuatu*

 

UNESCO SIDS Associate Members

1. Anguilla

2. Aruba

3. British Virgin Islands

4. Cayman Islands

5. Curaçao

6. Montserrat

7. New Caledonia

8. Sint Maarten

9. Tokelau

* Also Least Developed Countries (LDCs)

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Small Island Developing States - UNESCO's Action Plan

 

Small Island Developing States - UNESCO's Action Plan (2016-2021)
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The UNESCO SIDS Action Plan, adopted in 2016, embraces the "Samoa Pathway" and integrates its priorities across all the Organization's programmes. This Action Plan covers all areas of UNESCO's mandate in education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and communication and information. These areas contribute to the implementation of the articles of the Samoa Pathway on:  

  • Education
  • Capacity Building
  • Technology
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Oceans and Seas
  • Promoting Peaceful Societies and Safe Communities
  • Culture and Sport
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
  • Partnerships
  • Data and Statistics

 

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Resolutions on SIDS

 

Resolutions adopted by the UNESCO General Conference

Decisions adopted by the UNESCO Executive Board

Decisions on SIDS

Other decisions mentioning SIDS

UNESCO reports

World Heritage Committee meeting reports and draft decisions

UN General Assembly Resolutions

 

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Climate Frontline

Publ: 2009

Status of coral reefs in tsunami affected countries

Publ: 2006 (BILLEDE SKAL AENDRES)

The Fourth ASPACO

Publ: 2003

British Virgin Islands: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

Cape Verde: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

Cuba: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

Fiji: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

Guyana: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

Haiti: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

Jamaica: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

Kiribati: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

Maldives: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

Papau New Guinea: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

Saint Lucia: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

Singapore: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

Solomon Islands: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

Solomon Islands: early childhood care and education (ECCE) programmes

Country profile prepared for the Education for all global monitoring report 2007.

Publ: 2006

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