Small Island Developing States

SIDS process summary

The Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) were first formally recognized by the international community at the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), highlighting their challenges towards sustainable development.

In 2013, the preparation process started towards the Third International Conferences on Small Islands Developing States. Preparatory meetings (national, regional, inter-regional) took place throughout 2013 followed by a Global Intergovernmental Preparatory process launched by the President of the General Assembly at the end of the year, with the first Preparatory Committee meeting during 24-26 Feb 2014, followed by an Intersessional meeting  from 21 Apr 2014 – 25 Apr 2014 and a Final Preparatory Committee meeting  during 23 Jun 2014 – 27 Jun 2014, all of them in the UN Headquarters in New York.

The Third International Conferences on Small Islands Developing States, held in the Pacific region, constitutes the third UN and SIDS regions effort to take concrete steps towards sustainable development. It took place in Apia, Samoa from 1-4 September, 2014 with the topic “sustainable development of SIDS through genuine and durable partnerships”. Under a multistakeholder partnership dialogues format, the conference addressed the following topics: Sustainable economic development, climate change & disaster risk management, social development in SIDS, health and NCDs youth and women, sustainable energy, oceans, seas and biodiversity, water and sanitation, food security and waste management. Also, besides the plenary meetings and multistakeholder partnership dialogues, the conference also featured the performance of parallel events as well as pre-conference forums on youth, major groups and other stakeholders, renewable energy sector and the private sector.

Latest News

We have been active in the SIDS process. You can read the latest news from our activities in the SCP process here

Statements and Positions

MGCY participated in the coordination and facilitation of the SIDS 2014 Pre-Conference T.A.L.A.V.O.U. Forum which took place on 28th August 2014 in Apia, Samoa. Take a look to the outcome document of the forum as well as the MGCY Statement delivered at the SIDS 2014 Conference on September 3, 2014 morning plenary.

We have the right to make statements behalf of Children and Youth. We have given statements on different issues and from different perspectives in preparation meetings. You can download the chronological list of all our statements here.

Deputy Organising Partners

Each of our groups is lead by two coordinators who are called “Deputy Organising Partners” or “Global Focal Points”. They are selected by the Working Group themselves and hold the role on a personal mandate. We have listed here the organisations that they are involved in for clarity and the regions of the world they come from.

Karuna Rana
Children & Youth International and SIDS AIMS Hub
Kelvin Anthony
Asia Pacific
Commonwealth Climate Change Youth

*** Due to elections that have just taken place for the Organising Partners new nominations from Working Groups themselves will take place over the next few months. ***

Regional Focal Points

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In the SIDS process we have regional focal points to ensure that young people are represented from around the world. There details are:

Regional Focal Points

Tahere Siisiialafia (Jamaica & Samoa)  — Deputy Global Focal Point 24 years old. Speaks English & Samoan. Organisations / Affilitations: 1. Really Make A Difference Ltd 2. Baha’i Community Development (Junior Youth Animator) in Samoa, Fiji, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Jamaica. 3. Pacific Youth Council.  You can contact her on  <>
WarrenWarren Chanansingh (Trinidad and Tobago) — Deputy Global Focal Point
 Warren is 22 years old. Organisations / Affiliations: 1.The Silver Lining Foundation 2. Gender and Youth Advocacy Network. 3. One Young World 4. UNFPA Trinidad and Tobago Youth Advisory Group (YAG) 
You can contact him on: <>.
ginaGina Lisselle Rosario Díaz (Dominican Republic) — Caribbean Focal Point 
She speaks French, Spanish, and English. Gina is 23 years old.  Organisations / Affiliations: Green Hope DR and Caribbean Youth Environment Network. You can contact her on: <>
Alian Ollivierre (Barbados)  — Caribbean Focal Point
Alian is a 27 years old legal & political science consultant and entrepreneur. During her time as focal point she hopes to generate change.  Whether that is change within the mindAlianset of the Caribbean region, in terms of children and the youth becoming more involved and/or aware about the implementations happening globally which affect them directly or indirectly or whether there is change within the UN allowing for more of an involvement from the youth within SIDS, where necessary, to move forward with plans such as sustainable development. Organisations / Affiliations: Barbados Youth Development Council (iVolunteer Barbados). You can contact her on : <>
janice2Janice Soraia Fortes da Graça (Cape Verde) — — AIMS Focal Point
Janice speaks Portuguese and basic English. She is 27 years old. Janice aims to work for the inclusion and empowerment of youth from all AIMS SIDS region with special attention on minorities groups. Organisations / Affiliations: 1. Corpo de Voluntários Corações Abertos (for youth students in all universities in São Vicente/ Cape Verde) –  coordinator 2. AIMS SIDS youth network. 3. Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA) 4. Liga das Associações Juvenis de São Vicente 5. The World We Want Consultation and Post-2015 Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals discussion promoter. You can contact her on <>
Krishnee Appadoo (Mauritius) — — AIMS Focal Point
26 years old. speaks English and French.  Organisations / affiliations: 1. Global Shapers Community (initiative of World Economic Forum). 2. UNESCO SIDS Youth Network. 3. Rotaract club of Port Louis 4. Alumi network of ICC Interns. You can contact her on <> 
GIBSON SIL GALAGibson Sil Gala (Papua New Guinea) 
He is 23 years old and speaks Pidgen.  Organisations / Affiliations: Pacific Small Island Developing States Youth Network (PSIDS). Gibson looks forward to work with you all as a team to achieve our aims, goals and objectives. You can contact him on <>
Eric Poe (Samoa)  Organisations / Affiliations: – Coordinator, Samoa National Youth Council and representative of the Pacific Youth Council.<>
Emily Erasito (Fiji) – Organisations / AffiliationsGeneral Secretary, National Youth Council of Fiji and representative of the Pacific Youth Council. <>

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