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What is Happening in Samoa and Why Does it Matter

Samoa, an Island Nation located in the South Pacific Ocean, is the host of the Third UN International Conference on Small Island Developing States, which will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014. There, governments, business leaders and civil society will gather to advance action for Small Islands Developing States (SIDS).

This includes identifying how small island nations will transition to a more sustainable development path, including adapting to climate change, preserving the oceans and developing renewable energy sources. Partnerships to achieve these objectives will be at the heart of the conference and over 200 new partnerships are expected to be part of the conference outcome.

Facing a range of challenges, small island developing states (SIDS) are counting on this crucial conference to present their case to the international community in order to seek collaborative and innovative ways to improve their situation.

The SIDS Conference will include six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues, which are expected to provide an opportunity for recognizing successful partnerships, launching innovative and concrete partnerships and foment interactive and focuses discussions on key priorities related to SIDS.

Major new commitments and initiatives on a range of issues that are expected to be announced will also have measurable impacts in advancing the economic, social, and environmental well-being of SIDS. The conference will thus provide a crucial opportunity to mobilize all sectors of society to promote equitable growth, social well-being, and a low-carbon economy, while at the same time preserving the environment on which many SIDS are dependent.

World Environment Day exhibit on SIDS at the UN Headquarters in New York - June 2014

What about Climate Change
Climate is a huge challenge facing SIDS. Island Nations are the most affected by rising sea levels, which is attributable to global warming. Humanity’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are leading to changes in climatic patterns. The most harmful GHG emitted by human activity — carbon dioxide — accounts for 85% of the increase in the Earth’s temperature in the past ten years.

This means that our carbon emissions are causing these Small Island Developing States to Disappear. This is one of the big reasons why it’s important to take a stand for the islands.
Always remember we are all connected.

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