Saturday, 30 August 2014

07:30 OPENING CEREMONY (RESERVE PARK)

Breakfast

• Arrival of Hokule’a; Polynesian Voyaging Society and Samoan cultural performance

• Opening Prayer

• Welcome remarks by Mr. Gyan Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)

• Keynote Address by H.E. Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa

• Remarks by Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing Sates

• Remarks by Mr. Nainoa Thompson, Polynesian Voyaging Society

• Remarks by Mr. Klaus J Stunzner Jr., President of Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Pacifi c Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO)

Registration (Samoa Convention Centre)

08:45 SESSION 1 — OCEANS AND MARINE RESOURCES

SIDS are especially vulnerable to ocean and coastal degradation. This session will focus on sharing and scaling up best practices on responsible fishing and protecting oceans and marine resources.

Introduction by the Moderator, Mr. Taholo Kami, Regional Director, Oceania,

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

• Mr. Nainoa Thompson, Polynesian Voyaging Society

• Mr. Bill Holden, Pacifi c Fisheries Manager, Marine Stewardship Council

• Mr. Charles Huffl ett, Managing Director, Solander

• Ms. Jenifer Austin Foulkes, Manager Oceans Program, Google

• Mr. Koebel Sakuma, Offi ce of the President of the Republic of Palau

• Mr. Jacob James, Managing Director, Waitt Foundation

• Ms. Monica Medina Senior Director, International Ocean Policy National Geographic Society

• H.E. Mr. Roy Mickey Joy, Ambassador of the Republic of Vanuatu to the European Union

Interactive Dialogue

Breakfast sponsored by Digicel

10:00 SESSION 2 — CONNECTIVITY (ICTS & TRANSPORT)

Connectivity remains a crucial issue for SIDS and is an essential tool for accessing the international marketplace, whether it be for the transport of goods, telecommunications or internet based transactions. This session will focus on how partnerships can expedite and strengthen the progress of connectivity in these and other related areas.

Introduction by Moderator Mr. Peter Kiely, Chairman, Pacific Cooperation Foundation

• Mr. Denis O’Brien, Chairman Digicel Group

• Mr. Steve Collar CEO, O3b Networks

• Mr. Vic Angoco, Senior Vice President-Pacifi c Division, Matson

• Ms. Pauline Lamb, Chief Operating Offi cer, Airways New Zealand

• Dr. Shamshad Aktar, Executive Secretary of ESCAP

• Mr. Brahima Sanou, Director, Bureau of Development, International Telecommunication Union

Interactive Dialogue

11:00 SESSION 3 — SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

SIDS are a bedrock of cultural and economic activities. With the growth of the international trade in organic agricultural products, private sector partners are in a prime position to reinvigorate agricultural production in SIDS, contribute to the livelihoods of rural communities and increase the export earnings.

Introduction by the Moderator, Mr. Michael Hailu, Director, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

• Ms. Alberta Malielegaoi Vitale, Women in Business Development Inc. Samoa jointly with Mr. Alex McDonald, The Body Shop, Australia and  Mr. Sam Crofskey, C1 Espresso, New Zealand

• Mr. Jono Bushell, Director, Vinepower (New Zealand) and Mr. Seth Kaurua, Tanna Farms, Vanuatu

• Ms. Shadel Nyack Compton, Belmont Estate, Grenada

• Ms. Christine Curry, Director, The Goat Dairy, Grenada

• Mr. Bruce Russell, Trustee – Poutasi Development Trust and Representative of the Tindall Foundation

• Professor Clement K. Sankat, Pro Vice Chancellor & Campus Principal, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

Interactive Dialogue

12:30 LUNCHEON BY THE GOVERNMENT OF SAMOA

Event by the United Nations Offi ce for South-South Cooperation on South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE)

13:30 SESSION 4 — SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Tourism is a driver of economic activity in SIDS. It also plays a critical role in supporting sustainable development across small island countries. This session brings keynote speakers from across the world to explore the main ingredients for sustainable public-private sector partnerships [Partnerships that drive sustainability outcomes, support livelihoods for the most vulnerable and cut across sectors and geographies]. During this session, exciting announcementswill be made about new partnerships that can benefi t SIDS in the future.

Introduction by the Moderator, Dr. Dessima M. Williams, former Ambassador of Grenada to the United Nations (2009 – 2013) and Chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States (2009 – 2011)

• Dr. Michael Frenzel, Chairman, World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

• Dr. Louise Twinning-Ward, President, Sustainable Travel International and video message by Mr. Richard Pruitt, Vice President, Safety and Environmental Stewardship, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

• Mr. Ford Cochran, Director of Programming, National Geographic Expeditions

• Ms. Kelly Galaski, Technical Director MIF/IDB Project, G Adventures

• Ms. Adimaimalaga Tafunai, Executive Director, Women in Business Development Inc

Interactive Dialogue

15:30 SESSION 5 — DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

The small and open economies of SIDS makes them highly vulnerable to external shocks. If resilience building and disaster risk reduction is to be successful in the years to come, it will require active and concerted partnerships between various actors including governments, private sector and local communities.

Introduction by the Moderator, Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative

of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

• Mr. Maurice McCarthy, Digicel Regional Chief Executive Offi cer, Pacifi c

• Mr. Paul Keating, Chief Risk Offi cer, Pacifi c, ANZ Bank

• Ms. Sonja Hunter, Chief Executive Offi cer, Samoa Tourism Authority

• Dr. Dessima M. Williams, former Ambassador of Grenada to the United Nations (2009 – 2013) and Chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States (2009 – 2011)

Interactive Dialogue

17:00 SESSION 6 — RENEWABLE ENERGY

Renewable energy has great potential to fuel the private sector growth in SIDS and to decrease exposure to oil-price volatility. This session will discuss how SIDS can be the forerunners in switching to renewable energy by looking at examples of countries which have already adopted strategies for 100% renewable energy future and scaling-up the existing initiatives.

Introduction by the Moderator, Ms. Elizabeth Thompson, Senior Adviser, Sustainable Energy for All

• Hon. Dr. Kedrick Pickering, Deputy Premier, British Virgin Islands

• Mr. Justin Locke, Director of Islands, Carbon War Room

• Mr. Salvatore Bernabei, Country Manager Enel Green Power, Enel Group

• Mr. Graeme Neale, Commercial & Business Development Manager, Philips New Zealand & Pacifi c, Philips Lighting

• Mr. Ben Glass, Chief Executive Offi cer, Altaeros Energies

Interactive Dialogue

18:30 CLOSING BY THE MODERATOR

 19:00 ISLAND GALA DINNER AT THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SAMOA

(BY INVITATION ONLY)

Co-organised by UN-OHRLLS, Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.

Co-sponsored by Matson and Digicel