Samoa receives pledges of support for global SIDS conference next year

SUVA, Fiji -Samoa has received pledges of assistance from the United Nations and development partners towards the hosting of the third global conference for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) meeting next year.

During the 44th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Majuro, Marshall Islands last week, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi received positive responses for assistance during his bilateral discussions with development partners.
The United Nations High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Gyan Acharya met with the Samoan leader and assured administrative assistance from the United Nations.
“We are also talking to development partners to provide support to Samoa. Samoa itself is also talking to development partners for assistance. I have just met with the New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key and he has confirmed that they are providing a cruise ship for the accommodation during the conference.
“There are others like Australia, the European Union, Japan and others who are willing to support Samoa.
“After all this is a global conference and Samoa is only the host. We all want to see that it is a successful conference, not only in terms of the logistics but in coming out with a strong message to the international community with a vision and a programme of action, Acharya told PACNEWS.
Acharya said there is a lot of global significance for the Pacific hosting the SIDS conference.
“The Pacific Islands Forum is happening here and the Leaders have come out with the Majuro Declaration. That will feed into the climate change leadership conference that the United Nations will host in 2014.
“In early September 2014, there will be a meeting of the SIDS in Samoa and the outcomes from there will go to the United Nations as well. Then in 2015 there will be a decision on the post 2015 agenda.
“What we are looking forward to is that there should be a very strong vision from the SIDS – how they should make sure that they will have their issues on the front and centre of the global development agenda, said Acharya.
He said the 45th Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Palau next year will also be an opportunity to reinforce the Pacific message for the global development agenda.
Samoa will host the global SIDS conference on 1-4 September, 2014.