Draft Recommendations for a Small Island Developing States Partnership Framework
5 May 2015 - Nearly 300 partnerships between governments, businesses and civil society organizations from all over the world to support small island developing states were registered in the run-up to and at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, held in Apia, Samoa, in September 2014. The commitments made through the partnerships are valued at over USD $1.9 billion.

"Without a doubt, these partnerships leave a legacy with impact," said the Secretary-General of the Conference, Wu Hongbo, when the partnerships were announced in Apia. "Many of the initiatives announced here are looking at the unique position of small island developing states as an opportunity to accelerate advancements on renewable energy, disaster preparedness and sustainable food systems, to name just a few key areas," he said.

The outcome document of the Conference, the SAMOA Pathway, requested the Secretary-General, in consultation with Member States, to present recommendations for a partnership framework to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments made through these partnerships. As part of the consultation process by the Secretariat, a survey was prepared and sent to all UN Member States seeking their views on the formulation of such a partnership framework.

An Informal note by the Secretariat for a SIDS Partnership Framework has been composed as a result of these consultations. The note includes a synthesis of responses received from the survey, and a set of draft recommendations from the Secretariat. They are only preliminary recommendations, with further feedback being sought from Member States.
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