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Our Planet - Small Island Developing States
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Risky Business Report: Higher Sea Levels from Climate Change Pose Significant Economic Threats in the US
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How SIDS Generate Financial Resources for Adaptation Through the Energy Sector:
Case Study, Climate Change Government of Maldives 2nd Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance

22 June 2014, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States
Results of the UNEP Foresight Process
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Barbados Green Economy Scoping Study
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Island Bright Spots in Conservation & Sustainability
Investing, Scaling, and Replicating in Order to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
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The Ugly Truth about Garbage and Island Biodiversity
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US Climate Change Assessment: Sea Level Rise Aggravates Threats to Infrastructure
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Green Economy Scoping Study Synthesis Report
Barbados
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Green Economy in a Blue World
Synthesis Report
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SIDS-Focused Green Economy
An Analysis of Challenges and Opportunities
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TRENDS in Sustainable Development in Small Islands Developing States (SIDS)
United Nations
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Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
Caribbean Regional Synthesis Report
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Pacific Regional Synthesis Report
for consideration by the Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting 10-12 July 2013, Nadi, Fiji convened as part of the process towards the Third International Conference on Small Island Deve loping States (SIDS), September 2014, Apia, Samoa
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News Reports and Press Releases

Support Seafarers Today
The ​International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates the fourth edition of its global campaign: Day of the Seafarer, held every year on 25 June. Seafarers are the people without whom food, clothes, gifts, gadgets or even basic needs would not reach our doors. We rely on them every day. Yet have you ever said thank you to a seafarer? Chances are you haven't.
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UNFCC to Award Fellowships to Young SIDS Professionals
To celebrate the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 2014, the UNFCCC secretariat is offering 2 five-months fellowships to young professionals from the region who are interested in contributing to the work on climate change adaptation or on gender and youth related dimensions of climate action.
Application deadline is 15 July 2014.
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8 June is World Ocean's Day
In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that, from 2009, 8 June would be designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day” (resolution 63/111, paragraph 171).  Many countries have celebrated World Oceans Day following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The oceans are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life, power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.
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Climate Change: A Challenge For Our Times

We are but two short weeks away from the UN's global World Environment Day celebrations on the 5th of June. This year, the theme focuses on the impacts of climate change on Small Island Developing States, our "canary in the coal mine" for what all low-lying and vulnerable areas will face in the not too distant future.
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Carbon War Room: Caribbean Islands Agree to Swap Diesel for Renewable Sources
Seven Caribbean nations committed to give up fossil fuels in favor of renewable power as part of the Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Renewable Challenge.
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International Year of Biological Diversity Focuses on Islands
This year, Islands are the focus of the International Year of Biological Diversity (22 May 2014). Islands and their surrounding near-shore marine areas constitute unique ecosystems often comprising many plant and animal species that are endemic—found nowhere else on Earth. The legacy of a unique evolutionary history these ecosystems are irreplaceable treasures. They are also key to the livelihood, economy, well-being and cultural identity of 600 million islanders—one-tenth of the world’s population.
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IPCC Presents Assessment on Measures to Mitigate Climate Change
Berlin, Germany, 13 April 2014 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the group of the world's leading climate change scientists established by the UN General Assembly and working under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization, has just released in Berlin, after 6 years of intensive work reviewing all available science, its 2014 assessment on measures to mitigate climate change.
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Green Economy Transition Promises Multiple Benefits for Small Island States, UN Studies Confirm
Nairobi, 24 February 2014- Creating the enabling conditions for a Green Economy transition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)from improved public investment to reliable market instruments and better governance will help the estimated 50 million SIDS residents build climate resilience, achieve economic growth and enjoy better standards of living.
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Small Island Developing States kick off series of meetings in New York ahead of major UN conference
(New York, 24 February) – The first day of meetings in preparation for the third United Nations Conference on Small I slands Developing States began today at the Organization’s Headquarters in New York, with the signing of the host country agreement for the Conference by the Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa, H.E. Mr. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi , and Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN Under - Secretary - General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary - General of the Conference.
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