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UN celebrates the International Year of SIDS
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1 Feb 2014 - 2014 has been declared International Year of Small Island Developing States, the first Year ever dedicated to a group of countries. The Year and the preparations for the UN Conference on SIDS will be mutually reinforcing, raising the profile of the SIDS and calling attention to their challenges but also to their unique cultural heritage and their contributions in the arts, culture, innovation and natural resource management among many other areas. The global launch of the Year will take place on 24 February at UN headquarters in New York and will be webcasted worldwide.