PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS FORUM

FOSTERING PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS TO SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN SIDS

SAMOA 2014

 

The United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) with relevant authorities in the host country, will convene a two day Private Sector Partnerships Forum at the 2014 Third

International Conference on SIDS, September 1-4, Apia, Samoa.  The forum will provide a platform upon which genuine and durable partnerships to support the sustainable development of SIDS can be announced or existing partnerships showcased; particularly in six thematic areas. The Forum will also facilitate interaction and networking between senior business and government leaders to enhance private sector partnerships for SIDS and facilitate the sharing of information and best practices within SIDS regarding policies, programmes and practices geared towards strengthening business and industry in the pursuit of sustainable development.

 FORUM STRUCTURE

The Forum will be convened over 2 days on the margins of the Conference.

Day 1: Plenary sessions focusing on the 6 thematic areas and specific proposals for enhancing, strengthening and implementing private sector partnerships in SIDS.

Day 2: Business leaders will have the opportunity to interact with and pitch their ideas, experiences and solutions to a large audience of highest level heads of states and governments; culminating in the presentation of specific proposals formulated in Day 1.

THEMATIC AREAS

Focus will be given to six key areas which are cross-cutting to the challenges that many SIDS face in achieving their sustainable development objectives.

OUTCOMES

  • Rejuvenate commitments and enhance partnerships of national and regional SIDS private sector stakeholders, Governments and the international community to enhance the private sector’s contribution to sustainable development for SIDS;
  • The identification of the priority concrete actions by SIDS private sectors, including partnerships to be announced at the 2014 SIDS Conference in Samoa ;
  • Interaction between senior business leaders (national and international) and SIDS leaders regarding the way forward to enhance the role of the private sector in SIDS and likewise fostering private sector partnerships;
  • The announcement of a SIDS Global Business Leaders Network