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Apia, Samoa, 1 September 2014 - Heads of State, policymakers, business leaders and representatives from civil society have gathered in Apia, Samoa, to pledge their support for small island developing states by forging partnerships that will help these nations to overcome a unique set of environmental and economic challenges.

GEO SIDS Outlook is a contribution to the 2014 Third International UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, which has an overarching theme of the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States through genuine and durable partnerships.

The ‘Island Innovations’ publication is an effort carried out jointly by the UNDP and the GEF during the International Year for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The fact that oceans and seas matter for sustainable development is undeniable. Oceans and seas cover over two thirds of the earth's surface, provide food and minerals, generate oxygen, absorb greenhouse gases and keep in check climate change, determine weather patterns and temperatures, and serve as highways for sea-borne international trade.

This report assesses the business case for the deployment of Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) in island tourism.

A Path to Prosperity: Renewable energy for islands was developed in support of the Renewable Energy Forum, a one-day forum preceding the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), held in Apia, Samoa, on 1-4 September 2014.

Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as an input to the Third International Confere

This paper outlines IFAD’s strategic approach to enhancing food security and promoting sustainable smallholder agriculture development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the context of exacerbated impacts of climate change and persistent challenges to market access.