UN kicks off International Year to raise profile of small island developing countries
International Year of Small Island Developing States was launched on 24 February at the United Nations Headquarters to draw attention to increasing environmental degradation, and social and economic marginalization in 51 highly vulnerable small island developing States (SIDS).

This group of States share similar sustainable development challenges, including small but growing populations, limited resources, remoteness, susceptibility to natural disasters, vulnerability to external shocks, excessive dependence on international trade, and fragile environments.

International Year also will draw attention to the Third International Conference on SIDS, which will be held in Apia, Samoa in September, which has the theme “sustainable development of small island States through genuine and durable partnerships."

More information: http://www.sids2014.org/

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