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Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

UNESCO & SIDS

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)

 

“……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. ”

-------- the 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.

 

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 LDCs

 

 

Small Island Developing States - UNESCO's Action Plan (2016-2021)

[available in English and French

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 consists of five priorities areas within UNESCO's mandate. These areas echo the articles of the Samoa Pathway related to:  

  • 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

 

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

 

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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