UN Conference on SIDS Apia, Samoa, 2014

The Conference
island-voicesADD/GASAT submitted a statement to SIDS Conference


The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) was held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. The Conference was a follow up to the Barbados Conference in 1994 and the Mauritius Strategy Conference in 2005. It will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.


The ADD/GASAT International Conference (17 to 19 April 2014, MGI, Moka, Mauritius) submitted a statement to the SIDS Conference through the authorities and UN mechanism as ADD has Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC.

SIDS Conference Objectives
The Conference's objectives were:
(i) assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation;
(ii) seek a renewed political commitment by focusing on practical and pragmatic actions for further implementation;
(iii) identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of SIDS and means of addressing them; and
(iv) identify priorities for the sustainable development of SIDS to be considered in the elaboration of the post-2015 UN development agenda.

Role for Mauritius
In addition to the national preparatory process, Mauritius is expected to play an important role in view of its hosting the last Conference and its experience in Maurice Ile Durable (MID) process and its understanding of the challenges of putting into practice the concept of sustainable development.  During the Conference, Mauritius chaired the Multistakeholder Dialogue on Oceans, Seas and Biodiversity .


Conference outcome - The SAMOA Pathway

The Conference adopted 'Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (Samoa Pathway)'.

$1.9 billion were pledged in sustainable development partnerships with a drum roll of action on climate change.

The partnerships were in the following six areas:

Sustainable Economic Development,

Climate change & Disaster Risk management,

Social development in SIDS, Health and NCDs, youth and women,

Sustainable energy,

Oceans, Seas and Biodiversity ,

Water and Sanitation, Food Security and Waste Management