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Third International Conference on SIDS

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States was held in September 2014 in Samoa, under the theme “Sustainable development of SIDS through genuine and durable partnerships”. Within this, 6 multi priority areas were prioritized: climate change and disaster risk management; oceans, seas and biodiversity; water and sanitation, food security and waste management; sustainable economic development; sustainable energy and social development in SIDS, health and NCDs, youth and women.

FAO's support to the Third International Conference on SIDS

The Third International Conference on SIDS, celebrated from September 1-4 in Samoa, sought renewed political and financial commitments for further implementation, established new or strengthened existing partnerships and agreed on priorities for the sustainable development of SIDS to be considered in the preparation of the post-2015 development agenda.

See the Director-General's statement

In addition, FAO organized two side events in the context of the Conference and prepared a series of special publications that present FAO’s contribution to address issues in small island developing states, as well as showcasing some successful examples of FAO’s activities in the field in its core areas of expertise.

Find out more on side events

Preparatory Process towards the Third International Conference on SIDS

The International Conference has been preceded by regional preparatory meetings in the Caribbean, AIMS region and the Pacific where FAO participated and contributed.

Find out more on the Preparatory Regional Meetings

These meetings were followed by an inter-regional preparatory meeting held in Bridgetown, Barbados in August 2013 that reflected the findings from the regional meetings and reaffirmed the special case status of SIDS that affects their abilities to achieve sustainable development and to build the sustained resilience of economies, communities and households.

The inter-regional meeting called for empowered, genuine and durable partnerships based upon mutual trust, equality, respect, accountability and transparency. In addition, the meeting called upon FAO to facilitate a special meeting on food and nutrition security in order to develop an action program to address food and nutrition challenges facing SIDS.