SIDS Experts Meetings

SIDS Experts Meetings


Background Information

In December 2002, the University of the West Indies Center for Environment and Development, supported by the UNDP, organized a brainstorming session of SIDS experts in San Pedro, Belize. The session analyzed the effectiveness and impact of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) in the WSSD process and elaborated a set of recommendations for AOSIS.

These recommendations were adopted in February 2003, and formed the strategic background for the Mauritius preparatory process for AOSIS. One of the key recommendations was the need to generate high quality informative case studies on the special case of SIDS from a variety of angles. With this in mind, UWICED, supported by UNDP and UNDESA, organized a series of expert meetings that generated numerous valuable reports on the sustainable development challenges facing SIDS. The topics included energy, trade and tourism, waste management, capacity building and education for sustainable development, oceans management, and science and technology. In addition, a specific proposal for cooperation amongst SIDS universities was also generated.

The Alliance of Small Island States Meeting of Experts on Capacity Development for Sustainable Development Through Training, Education, and Public Awareness, Suva, Fiji, 3-8 December 2003: View the Final Report

The Vulnerability of SIDS: Enhancing Resilience – the Role of the Private Sector, Civil Society & Trade in the Sustainable Development of SIDS, Dominica, 29 September to 03 October, 2003

Waste Management Experts Meeting, Havana Cuba 27 Oct – 01 Nov 2003:
Draft Agenda
and Concept Paper

Report of the Expert meeting on Capacity Building for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency in Small Island Developing States, Niue, 7 – 11 July 2003

Regional Workshop: Towards Sustainable Development in the Caribbean Islands,Capacity-building for Managing and Protecting Biological Resources Cayo Coco, Ciego de Avila, Cuba, 25 – 29 November 2002
Climate Variability and Health Effects in the Caribbean, Bridgetown, Barbados, 21-25 May, 2002: Statement by H.E. Ambassador Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Chairman of AOSIS
Experts Roundtable: Vulnerability & SIDS: Exploring Mechanisms for Partnerships, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 9-10 May 2002

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