7 November 2012
DESA News Spotlights SIDS Issues
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The November issue of UN DESA's newsletter features an interview with Seychelles Foreign Minister speaking about current issues facing small island developing States, and also an upcoming live chat about the post-2015 development agenda on DESA's Facebook page, and a recent conference on geospatial information management in the Asia and Pacific region.

2 November 2012: The latest issue of the newsletter of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) features an interview with Seychelles’ Foreign Minister, Jean-Paul Adam. Adam discussed: the effects on Pacific and Indian Ocean countries of rising sea-levels; ocean acidification and its effects on food security; the role of tourism in the economies of small island developing States (SIDS); and the upcoming international conference on sustainable development of SIDS in 2014.

He also highlighted Seychelles’ role as a co-chair of the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), together with Grenada and Palau, and SIDSnet’s role in facilitating knowledge-sharing and partnerships. Finally, Adam noted SIDS DOCK and other renewable energy initiatives.

This issue of “DESA News” also highlights, inter alia, an upcoming live chat about the post-2015 development agenda, on DESA’s Facebook page; and the 19th UN Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific (UNRCC-AP), which was the first regional conference following the establishment of the global mechanism of Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM). The Conference, titled “UN-GGIM Vision for Asia and the Pacific Region” considered as main themes the geodetic reference framework for sustainable development, data sharing and integration for disaster management, and place-based information management for economic growth.[Publication: DESA News, Vol. 16, No.11]

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