The Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) will bring together leaders to assess the ability of SIDS to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs and discuss a new programme of action for SIDS. The Conference will convene under the theme ‘Charting the Course Toward Resilient Prosperity’.
The UN Secretary-General appointed Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Li Junhua as the Secretary-General of the Conference. He will guide the intergovernmental and logistical preparations for SIDS4. High Representative for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States Rabab Fatima will serve as Special Adviser for the Conference, leading on advocacy and fundraising.
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) will coordinate the inter-agency preparations and contribution of the UN system to the Conference.
SIDS4 will aim to “agree on a new programme of action for SIDS with a focus on practical and impactful solutions and to forge new partnerships and cooperation at all levels”. Participants will idscuss concrete, measurable targets to support SIDS in achieving their sustainable development objectives over the next ten years. The SIDS4 outcome will build on the SAMOA Pathway, Mauritius Strategy, and Barbados Programme of Action.
To assess progress in implementing the SAMOA Pathway and identify regional priorities, regional preparatory meetings took place for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and South China Seas (AIS), Caribbean, and Pacific regions. An inter-regional meeting convened in September 2023 to agree on a common position for the new programme of action. Text negotiations are expected to begin in January 2024.
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dates: 27-30 May 2024
location: Saint John's, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda