Small Island Developing States

The 2014 International Year of Small Island Developing States will celebrate the contributions that this group of countries has made to the world.

Small island developing states are home to vibrant and distinct cultures, diversity and heritage.

The challenges facing the small island developing States are challenges that confront us all, and they are determined to work with all countries to find solutions that will ensure a brighter future for generations to come.

The year will also help raise awareness of the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, which will be held in September in Apia, Samoa, and will focus on building partnerships for sustainable development.

Pacific nations classified as SIDS

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SIDS conference: Apia, Samoa

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, and will be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia.

The SIDS Conference will focus the world's - and in particular Pacific NGOs' - attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.

Oxfam's partner in Samoa, Women in Business Development Inc, is exploring ways to involve their smallholder organics farmers with the hotel and catering trades for the duration of the conference.

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