Social development, as one of the three dimensions of sustainable development, is crucial to ensuring development progress by Small Island developing States. The SAMOA Pathway commits to support the SIDS in their approach to development that is focused on poverty eradication, giving those living in poverty equal access to education, health, food, water and sanitation, and public and social services, and access to productive resources.

Culture and sport

SIDS’ rich culture is an important driver for their sustainable development. The SAMOA Pathway supports the SIDS’ efforts to promote culture diversity; strengthen cultural activities and infrastructures; creative industries including tourism; and conserve and develop heritage practices and traditional knowledge. The outcome document advocates the use of sport for social inclusion and health, especially amongst the youth.

Promoting peaceful societies and safe communities

The sustainable development of SIDS can be negatively affected by crime and violence. In particular, the lack of sustainable livelihoods and opportunities for further education and the breaking down of community support structures can lead to increasing numbers of young men and women becoming involved in violence and crime.

The SAMOA Pathway calls for the implementation of applicable conventions, using legislation, and improving protection mechanisms to combat crimes such as trafficking, organized crime, and piracy. It also supports, particularly, plans to fight gender-based violence.


Equal access to education is an essential condition for achieving sustainable development. The SAMOA Pathway supports SIDS efforts to provide high-quality teaching and training which leads to employment opportunities; peace and social inclusion; and advances investment in the teaching including in both formal and non-formal education systems.