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Title: Preparations for the International Meeting

Preparations for the International Meeting
  • to review implementation of the Barbados Program
    of Action
  • AOSIS expectations from the preparations and the
    review process

The process of the review
  • Need to ensure the widest possible SIDS ownership
    of the review,within and between
  • national level consultations and draft reports
    (March-December 2003)
  • regional preparatory meetings (late 2003)
  • thematic expert group meetings (through 2003)
  • inter-regional preparatory meeting (early 2004)
  • International Meeting (end of August 2004)

General Assembly mandate
  • Called on SIDS and international community to
    provide information on implementation
  • Reduce reporting burden on SIDS - funding needed,
    short single questionnaire
  • DESA to develop modalities, coordinate
    preparations and meetings, in consultation with
    SIDS and SIDS regional organizations
  • Internal UN coordination needed

National review
  • Questionnaire developed in close consultation
    with SIDS Governments and SIDS experts
  • Builds on WSSD reports, as well as other relevant
    reports - bear in mind different stages
  • Involvement of stakeholders - seeks to draw in
    the various sectors relevant to sustainable
  • Information gathered should be used by all UN

Contents of the questionnaire
  • Looks at information relevant to the sectoral
    chapters of BPOA - progress, linkages, etc.
  • climate change, natural disasters, etc.
  • Brings in cross-cutting issues, as well as MDGs
  • trade
  • investment
  • capacity building
  • cooperation

1. Socio-economic context
  • Allows for descriptive setting of report and
    national circumstances
  • Physical and geographic (coral atolls,
    archipelago, volcanic, etc
  • Structure of economy (what is dominant sector of
    economy, etc)
  • Key constraints (population growth, resource
    depletions, capacity needs, etc)

2. National framework for sustainable development
  • What structures have been put in place?
  • What is the membership of any committee or
    commission dealing with sustainable development
  • How successful has the committee been?
  • Describe reasons for success
  • Development of national sustainable development

3. Progress made and obstacles encountered
  • Consideration of sectoral chapters, eg climate
    change - eg. issues on the ratification
  • Ensure full utilization of the national
    communication and other reports where available
  • Key importance of using climate change focal
    points and national framework established for FCCC

4. Cross-sectoral issues
  • Introduction to trade, investment, capacity
    building and cooperation
  • Seeking out information on appropriate
    structures, corrective actions taken
  • Attempts to gather information relevant to
    vulnerability studies
  • Holistic view of sustainable development

5. Millennium Development Goals
  • Essential that SIDS address the MDG and outline
    relevance of BPOA
  • Show how poverty in SIDS context have special
  • Outlines for successful education cooperation
  • In implementing BPOA, SIDS implement MDG

NEEDSInformation on any emerging concerns eg.
the impacts of security concerns, drug trade,
fiscal shocks, or a summary project partnership
proposals/conceptsSpecial initiatives for the
regional and inter-regional level
Next steps
  • All SIDS that require funding should have access
  • All SIDS should have draft national reports by
    end December 2003 (posted on SIDSNet)
  • Can be refined, revisited and adjusted
  • Final versions can be produced in time for
    International Meeting (August 2004)
  • Gather relevant input from other SIDS and from
    expert meetings

Regional Meetings
  • Pacific Apia, Samoa 4-8 August
  • Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South
    China Sea Group, Praia, Cape Verde, 1-5 September
  • Caribbean Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 6
    to 9 October
  • SIDS organizations, experts, NGOs invited
  • Synthesize the key concerns and constraints, and
    develop solutions and best practices

Output from regional Meetings
  • Regional position papers to be developed
  • To be based on the format of the questionnaires
  • Since region has draft reports, should be able to
    do their position paper here in Port of Spain
  • Should inform the SIDS Unit and AOSIS in the
    preparations for Bahamas
  • SIDS Unit should synthesize the key concerns and
    constraints, and hence suggest solutions and best
    practices but can only do so if there is
    information from SIDS

Inter-regional Meeting
  • Will be held end January 2004, Bahamas, organized
    by DESA through SIDS Unit
  • Brings together all SIDS
  • Develop concrete suggestions for a strategy of
    implementation for BPOA
  • Develop elements for a Mauritius Declaration

International Preparatory Meeting
  • Will be held in context of 12th session of
    Commission on Sustainable Development meeting at
    UN (decision now considered)
  • Presentation of key SIDS concerns and strategy
    for implementation
  • Development of Mauritius Agenda
  • Further refinement of elements for a Mauritius

International Meeting
  • Mauritius August September 2004
  • High Level Segment
  • Plans for civil society forum, SIDS business
    forum, cultural events, eminent persons group
  • Adoption of Mauritius Declaration and agreement
    on further implementation

  • National preparations are very important, hence
    need for adequate funding for national report
  • AOSIS needs to develop its position on the new
    emerging issues of trade, security, HIV/AIDS and
    the improvement of cooperation
  • SIDS must go to Bahamas well informed, including
    the expert meetings
  • Build on common and shared strengths
  • Make SIDS sustainable development leaders
  • International Meeting may be last chance to make
    the special case for SIDS