ESCAP and DESA Convene High-Level Dialogue on Sustainable Development of Pacific SIDS

9 February 2010: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) convened the Pacific High Level Dialogue on the five-year review of the Mauritius Strategy from 8-9 February 2010, in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The meeting adopted strategies for strengthening the implementation of the Mauritius Strategyfor the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including: a call on the international community to honor their commitments; the adoption of green growth policies; and the strengthening of implementation mechanisms and adequate budget allocation. Meeting participants included Ministers and senior officials from Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The outcomes of the meeting will be considered at: the Human Face of the Global Economic Crisis meeting, scheduled to convene in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 10-12 February; the ESCAP Commission session in May 2010, in Incheon, Republic of Korea; and the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which is serving as the Preparatory Committee to the high-level Mauritius Strategy review meeting. [ESCAP Press Release]