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Strengthening the capacity in developing, monitoring and reviewing durable Partnerships for Small Island Developing States
The project will result in a SIDS Partnership Toolbox.

Project documents

Partnership Dialogues Timeline
  • AIMS - 22-23 May 2018, Mauiritius
  • Pacific - 19 June 2018, Tonga
  • Caribbean - 6 August 2018, Belize
  • Inter-regional - November 2018, Samoa

The partnership dialogues will be organized in the margins of the preparatory meetings as part of the SAMOA Pathway mid-term review.

Partnership Analysis
As part of the project, a publication on the status of SIDS partnerships will prepared, based on updates of existing partnerships, and new partnerships registered in the SIDS Action Platform.

Please make sure your partnership is updated with atleast one progress report.

In September 2019, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 72/217, Member States will convene a one-day high-level meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to review progress made in addressing the priorities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway - the outcome of the 2014 SIDS Conference. A robust Member States driven preparatory process is currently underway, which will feature three regional meetings of SIDS, as well as one interregional meeting for all SIDS.

With generous funding support provided by the government of Italy, and under the overall guidance of the Steering Committee on SIDS Partnerships, currently chaired by Belize and Ireland, UN DESA is undertaking a capacity development project to support the work of the SIDS Partnership Framework and the preparatory process related to the SAMOA Pathway mid-term review.

The project is expected to result in a SIDS Partnership Toolbox, which will include an in-depth analysis of existing partnerships, identified best practices and gaps in implementation, and a set of tools for monitoring and evaluating SIDS partnerships at national, regional and global level.

SIDS Partnership Dialogues
The project will include a series of capacity development partnership dialogues, to be organized in the margins of the preparatory meetings as part of the SAMOA Pathway mid-term review. The partnership dialogues will provide an opportunity to bring together relevant stakeholders from the different SIDS regions to:

  • Assess the status of partnerships for each SIDS region, identifying best practices and gaps around which new partnerships could be forged to further drive implementation of SAMOA Pathway priority areas and SDGs in SIDS;
  • Raise the capacity of diverse stakeholders to develop genuine and durable partnerships for SIDS;
  • Strengthen the review and monitoring process of SIDS partnerships.

How can I get involved?

  • All relevant stakeholders and focal points of SIDS partnerships are encouraged to engage in the process and to participate in the partnership dialogues as appropriate. Contact the UN Secretariat (Mr Ola Goransson, Partnerships Coordinator, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN DESA, goranssono@un.org) if you wish to participate in the dialogues.
  • Kindly also make sure you have submitted a progress report of your partnership(s).
  • Register a new partnership for SIDS
Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea (AIMS)

The first partnership dialogue will be held 22-23 May 2018 in Maritim Resort and Spa, Balaclava, Mauritius, Mauritius, as part of the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea (AIMS).

Structure of dialogue

Session 1: Developing genuine partnerships good practices and lessons learned

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides an immense opportunity for all stakeholders to work collaboratively across sectors and thematic areas, forging genuine partnerships for supporting implementation of the SDGs and the SAMOA Pathway. It is therefore imperative to examine what it is that makes a partnership genuine, durable, and most impactful for SIDS.

This session will look at various partnerships for SIDS in AIMS, examining how they have been developed, how the partnerships are governed, what are the leadership roles and partnership evaluation methods, and any challenges in implementation.

Session 2: Identifying and filling the gaps through partnerships for SIDS

As part of the support to the SAMOA mid-term review preparatory process, UN DESA has conducted an initial in-depth analysis, including assessment of gaps, of partnerships that were announced in the context of the SIDS Conference in 2014, as well SIDS relevant voluntary commitments from the 2017 Ocean Conference.

This session will start off with a presentation of the initial analysis on the status of partnerships for SIDS in the AIMS region and provide an opportunity for SIDS to discuss how to address gaps in the SAMOA Pathway priority areas and the SDGs through new genuine and durable partnerships needed for the region.

Session 3: Strengthening the review and monitoring process of partnerships for SIDS

On December 2015, the General Assembly decided , in accordance with paragraph 101 of the Samoa Pathway and in line with the priorities of SIDS, to establish the SIDS Partnership Framework, to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for SIDS in order to promote the effective and efficient follow-up to the existing partnerships, in particular new partnerships launched at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, and to encourage new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS.

The Framework consist of 1) a member States driven Steering Committee on SIDS Partnerships (currently chaired by Belize and Ireland), 2) the organization of an annual action-oriented and results-focused Global Multi stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue, 3) a standardized partnership reporting process of all stakeholders, and 3) the organization of regional and 4) national SIDS partnership dialogues with support from the United Nations system and the international community.

The session will provide an opportunity to discuss how the processes of the SIDS Partnership Framework related to monitoring progress of existing, and stimulate the launch of new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS, could be strengthened.

Caribbean
calendar
6 August 2018
location
Belize
Documents

The Caribbean regional partnership dialogue will be held 6 August 2018 in Belize, as part of the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean.
Pacific
calendar
19 June 2018
location
Tonga
Documents

The Pacific regional partnership dialogue will be held 19 June 2018 in Tonga, as part of the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Pacific.
Inter-regional
calendar
October 2018
location
Samoa
Documents

The inter-regional partnership dialogue will be held October 2018 in Samoa, as part of the inter-regional Preparatory Meeting.