Organizations Working on SIDS Issues

Caribbean Community Secretariat


The objectives of the Community include improving standards of living and work; the full employment of labour and other factors of production; accelerated, coordinated and sustained economic development and convergence; expansion of trade and economic relations with third States; enhanced levels of international competitiveness; organisation for increased production and productivity; achievement of a greater measure of economic leverage and effectiveness of Member States in dealing with...

Commonwealth Secretariat


The main objective of COMSEC is to promote and support economic and social development within Commonwealth countries, especially the small and least developed. The two main priorities are to strengthen peace and democracy, and to ensure that all development is environmentally sustainable and that the benefits of growth are distributed equitably. The Secretariat delivers its programmes through policy development, technical assistance and advisory services. In particular, COMSEC acts as a...

Convention on Biological Diversity


At its eighth meeting, in 2006, the Conference of the Parties (COP) adopted the first-ever programme of work dedicated solely to island biodiversity. The aim of the programme of work on island biodiversity is to reduce significantly the rate of island biodiversity loss as a contribution to poverty alleviation and the sustainable development of islands, particularly small island developing States. Many of the thematic areas of the BPOA and MSI, including climate change and sea-level rise,...

ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean - Port of Spain


The mission statement of ECLAC/POS reiterates the central role of the ECLAC Subregional Headquarters in the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) and MSI through its biennial work programme based on selected themes of the BPoA and MSI. In addition to this, ECLAC Subregional Headquarters provides structural support for the implementation of the MSI. Together the key functions include:

1.     Secretariat to the regional programme of action for...

ESCAP / Pacific Operations Centre


EPOC assists SIDS in the Pacific by:

  • promoting regional cooperation and knowledge sharing of good practices and lessons learnt;
  • providing regional advisory services on economic and social policies, through facilitation of policy development forums and stakeholder consultations, development of draft policies and provision of training tools;
  • strengthening institutional capacity through national and regional training courses, regional workshops and...

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


FAO works to enhance the contribution of agriculture, forestry and fisheries to SIDS development agenda. It implements national and regional programmes for food security. In response to the 2005 Mauritius Strategy, and as an important means towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, FAO is seeking to assist SIDS in integrating sustainable food security policies and programmes within national poverty reduction strategies.

Indian Ocean Commission


The main objective of the IOC is to encourage and strengthen cooperation within the Indian Ocean region on a number of levels, including: diplomatic cooperation; economic and commercial cooperation; cooperation in the field of agriculture, maritime fishing, and the conservation of resources and ecosystems; and cooperation in cultural, scientific, technical, educational and judicial fields.
The Commission has always been very active in the context of the MSI process. In 2003, the IOC...

International Telecommunication Union


Since 2006, the ITU’s special assistance programme to least developed countries (LDCs) was expanded to include SIDS and emergency telecommunications, in order to reflect its firm commitment in support of the special needs of these countries, and in assisting with the implementation and fulfilment of the Barbados Programme of Action and the Mauritius Strategy, within its area of expertise.

The Programme for Least Developed Countries, Small Island Developing States and Emergency...


OHRLLS was created in 2001. The key functions of the Office of the High Representative regarding Small Island Developing State (SIDS) as recommended in the Secretary-General's report A/56/645 are:

  • To support, as appropriate, the coordinated follow-up of the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS (BPoA); 
  • To undertake appropriate advocacy work in favour of SIDS in partnership with the relevant parts of...

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development


UNCTAD aims at enhancing the capacity of SIDS to find beneficial economic opportunities in globalization forces, and to prevent the further marginalization of these countries from the global economy. This action involves research and analysis, policy advice to individual SIDS and to the category as a whole, and technical assistance in areas ranging from "smooth transition strategies" for SIDS graduating from LDC status, to trade and investment policies.
UNCTAD has been...