On 24-25 September 2010, during the high-level segment of the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly, Member States undertook a 5-year review of the Mauritius Strategy (MSI) for the Further Implementation of the Barbados Programme of Actionfor the Sustainable Development of SIDS (BPOA), pursuant to UN General Assembly Resolutions 63/213 and 64/199.
In preparation for this high-level event, SIDS Member States were requested to submit National Assessment Reports. These reports, complemented by inputs received from UN agencies, regional organizations and NGOs, and Donor States formed the basis for three regional review meetings that were held in the Caribbean, Pacific and AIMS regions in early 2010.
1. Pacific Regional Meeting
8-9 February, 2010
2. AIMS Regional Meeting
9-10 March, 2010
3. Caribbean Regional Meeting
16 and 18 March, 2010
The national and regional assessments were then consolidated at an inter-regional meeting, followed by the SIDS Day of the eighteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-18) acting as the Prep-Com for the high-level review.
4. Inter-regional Meeting
8 May, 2010 (During CSD-18)
5. Preparatory Committee Meeting
10 May, 2010 (During CSD-18)
The high-level review was structured around an opening plenary meeting, followed by two multi-stakeholder round-table sessions, an interactive dialogue on cross-regional perspectives and a closing plenary meeting, as mandated by Resolution A/64/L.71, which outlines the modalities of the event.
The review concluded with the adoption of a political declaration, published as A/RES/65/2.
Key issues and priorities highlighted in the discussions during the two-day event include:
- strengthening data management capacities of SIDS for monitoring and evaluation;
- enhancing strategic partnerships, including strengthening South-South and SIDS-SIDS cooperation;
- assessing effectiveness of UN system support to SIDS;
- need for results-oriented approach and improved measures to effectively address SIDS’ vulnerabilities;
- exploring the formal recognition of SIDS as a special category in the UN.