posted 14 Sept 2014, 17:19 by Bodeker Scientific   [ updated 14 Sept 2014, 17:20 ]

UN Third Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS-3), 1-4 September 2014, Apia, Samoa 

Pene Lefale attended the SIDS-3 as a member of the Massey University delegation.  Lefale is an “affiliate” to the Massey University and GNS Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR).  Lefale was one of the panelists for the Massey University organised Forum on “indigenous approaches to reducing disaster risk”  during SIDS. The keynote speaker for the Forum was Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, Head of State of Samoa. Lefale was tasked with providing overall “reflections and implications for policy and practice” arising from panelists’ presentations. More than 50 people attended the Forum and was widely covered in the local media.

The SIDS-3 was the third in a series of UN conferences aimed at addressing the unique and special challenges and priorities of SIDS. The first conference was held in Barbados in 1994 and the second in Mauritius in 2005. According to MFAT (New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), a total of 297 partnerships between governments, businesses, civil society and UN entities were announced at SIDS-3. The partnerships are in the area of Sustainable Economic Development, climate change and disaster risk management, social development, sustainable energy, ocean health, water and sanitation, food security and waste management. Of the 297 partnerships announced, almost half (137) were on climate change and disaster risk management.  With over 2,300 international delegates and over 20 Head of States and Head of Government, the Conference was a success. 

The main outcomes of the SIDS-3 are contained in the Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathways, the main output from the conference. For more details on SIDS-3, visit