The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Symposium on "Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Equipping Public Institutions and Mobilizing Partnerships" was held on 21-23 February 2017. It was hosted by the Government of the Bahamas and supported by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
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.
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. Read more.
An informal communiqué emanating from the dialogues and discussions at the Symposium is now available for public comments. The informal communiqué will inform the meetings of the UN oceans conference, high-level political forum on sustainable development, UN General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration. All participants are invited to share their comments and additional suggestions on the draft communiqué in the next two weeks, by 21 March 2017. For more details, click here