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27 to 30 May 2024 | By invitation only

SIDS4ESCAP

The fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) will be held from 27 to 30 May 2024 in St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. The Conference will be held at the American University of Antigua. Under the overarching theme of “Charting the course toward resilient prosperity", the Conference will aim at assessing the ability of SIDS to achieve sustainable development, including the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. It will result in an intergovernmentally agreed, focused, forward-looking and action-oriented political outcome document.

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States support SIDS at the global level.

The Regional Commissions support the sustainable development of SIDS at the regional level.

The United Nations supports SIDS through UN entities within country and regional level presence, including through the UN Resident Coordinator Offices.

Furthermore, Resolution adopted by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific on 26 April 2024, 80/2. Sustainable development in least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States”, Requests the Executive Secretary to “ To align support to … small island developing States in Asia and the Pacific with … the fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States, to be held in May 2024”. 

For further information, please visit the official page: UN 2024 SIDS Conference | Department of Economic and Social Affairs

 

The 10 Year Pacific regional review information is available at: Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Pacific Region: 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States | ESCAP (unescap.org) 

27 May 2024
16:00
17:30
Building Resilience through fostering Green Productive Capacities, Economic Diversification and Decent Jobs Opportunities: Innovative Strategies and Global Partnerships for Small Island Developing States
Room 3, Conference Venue read more

This side event aligns with ID1 on “Revitalizing SIDS Economies for Accelerated and Sustainable Growth,” focusing on structural transformation, infrastructure, private sector development, and strategic investments. The goal is to enhance SIDS' productive capacities, diversify economies, create decent jobs, and boost resilience. Achieving sustainable growth requires holistic, multisectoral, and climate-resilient policies, supported by multilateral cooperation and partnerships to address these challenges.

28 May 2024
08:00
09:30
Strengthening policy coherence towards planning, coordination and partnership in the Pacific
Room 4, American University of Antigua read more

The event will provide a platform to share best practices and lessons learned in localizing the SDGs and 2050 Pacific Strategy. It aims to enhance practical knowledge and skills for implementing these agendas and facilitate networking among public policymakers. Additionally, the event will foster peer-to-peer collaboration and strengthen capacity for forming partnerships across sectors and government entities to advance policy coherence and institutional improvement in line with SIDS4 outcomes.

12:00
13:30
Harnessing digital economy in Asia and the Pacific
Room 7, American University of Antigua read more

SIDS4 aims to address these challenges, as stakeholders must focus on digital economies and sustainable development, emphasizing digital technologies, innovation, and enabling legal frameworks. Policymakers are urged to invest in digital transformation and promote regulatory coherence to ensure economic benefits are widely shared, with international support essential for success.

29 May 2024
10:00
11:30
Scaling up economic development opportunities in the Pacific
Room 1, American University of Antigua read more

Key discussion points for a SIDS side-event include identifying economic development dimensions that align with SIDS aspirations at regional and country levels. It is crucial to integrate economic development pillars into national plans to create synergies with the 2030 Agenda and 2050 Strategy. Additionally, sharing best practices and lessons from the Asia-Pacific region’s economic prosperity can help inform effective partnerships.

30 May 2024
12:00
13:30
Pursuing Wellbeing in the SIDS
Room 11, American University of Antigua

The event will focus on key policy actions to improve national wellbeing, strategies to integrate wellbeing into national development priorities and advance SDGs in SIDS. Discussions will also cover how regional bodies like ESCAP and PIFS, and other development partners can support wellbeing and prosperity at the regional level.

Harnessing digital economy in the Asia and the Pacific
May
28
2024
Harnessing digital economy in Asia and the Pacific

Saint John's, Antigua & Barbuda

Strengthening policy coherence towards planning, coordination and partnership in the Pacific
May
29
2024
Strengthening policy coherence towards planning, coordination and partnership in the Pacific

Saint John's, Antigua & Barbuda

Scaling up economic development opportunities in the Pacific
May
29
2024
Scaling up economic development opportunities in the Pacific

Saint John's, Antigua & Barbuda

Pursuing wellbeing in the SIDS
May
30
2024
Pursuing Wellbeing in the SIDS

Saint John's, Antarctica

for more information, please contact

Subregional Office for the Pacific +679 331-9669 [email protected]