UNESCO Highlights Efforts to Build Island Resilience

October 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "Building Island Resilience," which provides an overview of the activities of the SIDS Platform, UNESCO's house-wide contribution to implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the further implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) for the Sustainable Development of small island developing States (SIDS).

The report features sections on: climate change; valuing heritage and knowledge; knowledge societies; capacity development through education for sustainable development; enabling environments; land, marine and water resources; and natural and environmental disasters.

Recognizing that climate change may be the most pressing challenge facing SIDS, the report outlines UNESCO's work on climate change in the following areas: climate science and knowledge; education; diversity and cultural heritage; and the social, human ethical and gender dimensions. UNESCO's SIDS platform pursues an integrated approach to sustainable island living and development, emphasizing interregional linkages and cooperation. [Publication: Building Island Resilience: UNESCO's Intersectoral Platform for SIDS]