Abstracts of Project Proposals for Small Island Developing States Donors' Conference (CSD-7)
24 Feb 1999 - 26 Feb 1999
New York
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Resource Mobilization for SIDS

The fifty-seventh session of the UN General Assembly emphasized the continuing need for the technical and financial support of projects that were presented within the context of the implementation of the Programme of Action, inter alia, at the meeting of representatives of donor countries and small island developing States (SIDS) held in New York from 24 to 26 February 1999, as well as the partnership initiatives presented by SIDS and their organizations during the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

In February 1999, upon consultation between the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, representatives of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in New York, and with organizations within the United Nations system, a meeting of donors and SIDS was held as an effort to mobilize additional external resources. At the meeting, SIDS presented a portfolio of project documents on priority projects under the programme areas covered by the Programme of Action that demonstrably cannot be implemented without the support of external resources.

The 22nd Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly, held in 1999, highlighted the need for additional resources and called for concerted efforts to support the full implementation of the Programme of Action.

In 2001 and 2002, the Secretary-General Reports acknowledged measures taken at international, regional, and national level in the further implementation of the Programme of Action. The relevant organs and agencies of the United Nations system and the regional commission and organizations have engaged in assisting SIDS in their efforts to deal with globalization and trade liberalization, information and communication technologies, vulnerability index, biological diversity, natural and environmental disasters, climate change, coastal and marine resources, freshwater resources, transport and communication, land resources, tourism resources, and energy resources.

The World Summit on Sustainable Development, held in Johannesburg in September 2002, created new opportunities for small island developing States in implementing the Programme of Action through Type II Partnership Initiatives. Some SIDS presented their proposals in the areas of capacity building, health, managing vulnerability and resilience to natural disasters, governance, oceans, climate change, energy, information and communication technology, conservation of biodiversity, sustainable tourism, land resources, marine and coastal resources, sustainable community lifestyles, and sustainable water management.
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