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The Pacific Islands Development Forum isco-hosting a major side event at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States to be held from 1-4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. The event, “SIDS Pathway to a Green Economy,” is jointly organized with UNEP as the lead organiser, and ESCAP, and SPREP and will be held on 2 September 2014.
Explaining the purpose of the side event from Apia where he is attending pre-Conference activities, the Secretary General of the PIDF Mr Feleti Teo stated:

“The Side Event will focus on achieving a full understanding of the uniqueness of the realities and needs of green economy transitioning in SIDS and formulating concrete recommendations for action at the international and regional levels and among SIDS themselves.”

“The side event will also explore some of the pressing SIDS concerns including debt sustainability, declining foreign direct investment, trade imbalances, lack of adequate transport, energy, and ICT infrastructure networks, limited human and institutional capacity, and inability to integrate effectively into the global economy.”

“It will also highlight some of the many initiatives of UNEP, UNESCAP, PIDF and SPREP which support SIDS to design and pursue their own approaches to Green Economy.”

The side event will bring together representatives from the Small Islands Developing States all over the world, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and will be moderated by David Sheppard, Director SPREP.

Scheduled to take part in the Side Event are:HE President of Kiribati, President Anote Tong; HE Minister of Environment Barbados, Dr. The Hon. Denis S. Lowe;Hon. Devanand Virahsawmy, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Republic of Mauritius; Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; Executive Secretary,the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change(UNFCCC), Christiana Figueres; Executive Secretary, UNESCAP, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar; David Sheppard, Director SPREP.