Stuart Crane from the United Nations Environment Programme emphasises the need to ensure that SIDS are ready for climate change and highlights two examples of ecosystems-based adaptation projects working to achieve this.
Priya Chattier from the Australian National University discusses the vulnerability of women to poverty and its effects, and showcases some social protection programmes that are helping to address inequality in SIDS.
The University of Queensland’s Karen E McNamara; Disaster Resilience, L.L.C.’s Sarah Henly-Shepard; Woodrow Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza; and University of Colombo’s Nishara Fernando present reasons to refute the framing of SIDS as ‘too late to save’.
Oxfam’s Shirley Laban describes the local, national and international partnerships underway in the Vanuatu NGO Climate Change Adaptation Program.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) outlines programmes which show how financing has enabled a number of countries to develop and advance a strong enabling policy environment for climate risk management at community level.
UN Women discuss the links between weather-related disasters and gender, including the increase in gender-based violence in the aftermath of natural disasters, and solutions to ensure that the needs of women and girls are mainstreamed into emergency response.
Anna Lisa Jose and Delfin Ganapin from the GEF Small Grants Programme emphasise the importance of community-based projects in advancing sustainable development and advocate for the voices of communities to be brought to the SIDS Conference.
Political scientist Aris-Georges Marghelis highlights the legal implications of sea level rise and argues that maritime boundaries should remain fixed regardless of changes to the coastline.
Terra Sprague of the University of Bristol and Nicholas Watts of the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council (CHEC) and Freie Universität Berlin, describe a SIDS partnership – open for involvement - on collaborative projects for education and research for sustainable development.
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) describes how sustainable land management could offer a low tech, low cost adaptation strategy that can be flexibly implemented in all SIDS.
The Pacific Calling Partnership’s Jill Finnane cites President Anote Tong of Kiribati and Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga of Tuvalu as examples of inspirational leadership to move the global community to action on climate change.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s (SPREP) Amber Carvan provides a personal take on the opening day of the Third International Conference on SIDS, as a newcomer to UN Conferences.