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Final PrepCom for the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
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1 Jun 2014 - The final meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will be held from 23 to 27 June 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Member States will conclude the preparatory work for the Conference, which will take place from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. They will also aim to finalize the outcome document by the end of the PrepCom. UN Agencies and Major Groups and other Stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide inputs.

A number of side events will take place during the PrepCom. On 23 June the Office of the Under-Secretary-General, UN DESA, and the Permanent Mission of Samoa will organize a joint outreach event for the SIDS Conference, and the International Organization of La Francophonie is hosting an event entitled Initiative de partenariat sur le Tourisme Durable adapté au contexte et aux besoins des PEID, which will look into Sustainable Tourism in SIDS. On the same day, an event on private sector partnerships in support of SIDS’ sustainable development will be organized by UN-OHRLLS. It will showcase the Private Sector Partnerships Forum that will be held at the SIDS Conference.

On 25 June, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Mauritius Ministry for Environment will hold an event on ‘SIDS for Sustainable Consumption and Production: re-thinking food and tourism’. UN Women will organize an event on promoting gender equality as a prerequisite for addressing climate change and sustainable development and IRENA will host an event entitled ‘SIDS- Lighthouses for a transition to a sustainable energy future’. On 26 June, an event looking at the three top recommendations for the post-2015 agenda from the SIDS perspective will be organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), on behalf of the UN Development Group (UNDG).

Plans are ongoing for a photo exhibition during the PrepCom, which will feature photos from the ‘Islands 2014 photo call’. A series of lunchtime lectures on topics related to the International Year of SIDS is also being planned.