Bahamas paranoma

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway recognized the specific challenges faced by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and their particular vulnerability to the impacts of climate change. The 2030 Agenda pledges to "Leave No One Behind" and calls for special attention to SIDS as they face unique vulnerabilities in their sustainable development. Several countries among SIDS have started to implement the SDGs by adapting the targets to their national situation and reviewing their policies and institutional frameworks. Meaningful partnerships are also being established among stakeholders at all levels to leverage on opportunities for the effective implementation of the SDGs.

The Government of the Bahamas, with the support of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, organized a Symposium in February 2016 on “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Equipping public institutions and mobilizing partnerships”.

The Symposium reflected on how SIDS can integrate the 2030 Agenda and the SAMOA Pathway in national planning, policies, strategies and public institutions. The Symposium also placed a special focus on how best to equip public institutions and mobilize partnerships and cooperation for realizing the 2030 Agenda and will discuss options and innovative solutions for planning and policy making.

The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Symposium, hosted by the Government of the Bahamas and supported by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, was held on 21-23 February 2017.

The Symposium was opened by The Right Honourable Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, and Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. It was well attended by ministers and high-level officials from 40 over SIDS and other countries. A total of about 250 international and local participants contributed to the overarching focus of the Symposium - “equipping public institutions and mobilizing partnerships”, with five thematic sessions surrounding topics of integrated implementation, institutions, mobilizing ICTS, monitoring and reviewing, and partnerships. The Symposium was conducted through dialogues and interactions among governments and various stakeholders from the civil society, private sector, international and regional organizations and close to 20 UN entities, through a mix of breakout discussions, show-and-tells, flash presentations, and plenary round-tables.

The Symposium showed that many SIDS are rapidly moving ahead with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway. Participants shared insights on how they have adapted the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to their national situation and priorities and incorporated them in their development plans and policies. It was found that developing and implementing integrated policies for realizing the SDGs is a difficult exercise. Various kinds of institutional arrangements can support this process and improve coordination. But realizing the SDGs is ultimately about changing mindsets. Sensitizing and training public servants was also found to be very important. The symposium also recommended that UN Member States commit to including the SDGs in education curriculums at all levels. Read more.

There are 5 thematic sessions:

  • Integrated plans and policies for realizing the 2030 Agenda and the SAMOA Pathway
  • Effective, accountable and inclusive institutions to realize our commitments
  • Effective Partnerships for implementing the SDGs
  • Mobilizing ICTs and e-government for delivering on the SDGs and SAMOA
  • Reviewing progress and building statistical capacities


The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is an island state between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea consisting of 700 islands. English is the official language. Its capital, Nassau, is also the largest city. It is the political and commercial hub of the country, also housing government buildings and the Bahamian Parliament.

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Airport: The main airport in Nassau is “Lynden Pindling International Airport” (formerly Nassau International Airport), located 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from the city. Visas (if needed) can be obtained from the Bahamian Consulate near you. Please click here for VISA requirements for persons attending UN Symposium. Please click here to visit the conference website for more information regarding travel.

Hotels: There are many hotels located in Nassau, and many have a beachfront view where you can relax and enjoy the sun when you’re not exploring the city. Some of these hotels include: Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island, Sandyport Beach Resort, Breezes Resort & Spa Bahamas, British Colonial Hilton Nassau, and the Atlantis Paradise Island.

Transportation: Please complete this form to request transportation to and from the airport, hotel and conference centre.

The weather in the Bahamas is tropical and warm year-round. The average high temperature in February is 23°C (73°F) and the average low is 17.3°C (63.1°F). The currency is the Bahamian dollar (BSD), however the US dollar is widely accepted. The time zone is EST (UTC−5).


One theme of the Bahamas Symposium is "Effective Partnerships for Implementing the SDGs and SAMOA Pathway". The Symposium aims to take stock of existing partnerships; generate new partnerships; discuss the challenges and capacity gaps faced by public administrations in engaging in new partnerships; as well as review progress in promoting and overseeing SIDS partnerships at the international level.

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  • Click here to register for the event. Kindly note that, submitting this form does not guarantee your entry in the Symposium. The coordination team will assess all requests for attending and, upon approval; you will receive a confirmation letter to attend the symposium.

  • The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, acting as the Secretariat of the Bahamas Symposium, and supporting the Host Country, will review all pre-registration applications on a first come, first served basis and select attendees with a view to ensure regional and gender balance as well as diversity of expertise and stakeholders in the overall selection.

  • Travel funding will not be available from the United Nations or the Host Country for attendees selected to attend the Symposium through this process. Each participant will be responsible for making arrangements for, and covering any costs associated with obtaining visas and other travel documents, as well as travel and accommodation to attend the Symposium.

  • Please click here for VISA requirements for persons attending UN Symposium.

  • Official letters of invitation to attend the Bahamas Symposium will be sent to approved participants via email.


United Nations:

Mr. Juwang Zhu
Division for Sustainable Development, UNDESA

Ms. Marion Barthélemy
Division for Public Administration and Development Management, UNDESA

Ms. Irena Zubcevic
Chief, Small island developing States, oceans and climate
Division for sustainable development, UNDESA

Mr. Wai Min Kwok
Governance and Public Administration Officer
Division for Public Administration and Development Management, UNDESA
Telephone: + 1 917-367-3026

Mr. Said Maalouf
Division for Public Administration and Development Management, UNDESA
Telephone: + 1 917-367-2424

The Bahamas Government:

Ms. Nicola Virgill-Rolle
Director of Economic Development and Planning
Office of the Prime Minister
The Bahamas
Telephone: +1 242-702-5565

Ms. Denise Hinds-Jordan
National Development Plan
Office of the Prime Minister
The Bahamas
Telephone: +1 242-702-5563