23 Apr 2013 - 24 Apr 2013
Expert Group Meeting on Small Island Developing States and the Post-2015 AgendaThe Rio+20 outcome document “The Future We Want” and the subsequent UN General Assembly resolution on the follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy both reaffirmed that SIDS remain a special case for sustainable development given their unique and particular vulnerabilities.
Rio+20 called for a third international conference on small island developing states in 2014 to build on the Barbados Programme of Action and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation, and in recognition of the importance of coordinated, balanced and integrated actions to address SIDS's sustainable development challenges. The SIDS Conference will be held in the Independent State of Samoa, and the preparations for the Conference provide an opportunity for countries to crystallize thinking within the three regions of SIDS, define their priorities, and position themselves for the Conference itself but also for the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.
The SIDS have been very clear that they want the Conference preparations and outcomes to have relevance for the post-2015 process, and this desire is reflected in the fourth objective in the modalities resolution: “identify priorities for the sustainable development of small island developing States for consideration, as appropriate, in the elaboration of the post-2015 United Nations development agenda.”
The present expert group meeting is intended to be a substantive input into the preparatory process of the SIDS Conference, particularly in addressing the fourth objective mentioned above.