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Small Islands Voice Inter-Regional Workshop, Koror, Palau, 18th-22nd November, 2002.

The first Small Islands Voice Inter-regional Workshop was held at the Palau International Coral Reef Centre in Koror, Palau from 18-22 November 2002. Representatives of government, non-governmental organizations and youth from Cook Islands and Palau in the Pacific; Seychelles in the Indian Ocean; St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the San Andres Archipelago (Colombia) in the Caribbean joined with UNESCO representatives and a colleague from Monash University in Australia to:

  • promote direct interaction and linkages between island countries in the three regions (Pacific, Indian Ocean and Caribbean).
  • discuss and further advance specific activities for Small Islands Voice, nationally, regionally and inter-regionally.
  • start discussions on specific issues emerging from Small Islands Voice, which can be presented to the 2004 review of the Programme of Action for Small Island Developing States.

The background document and the workshop programme provide further information about the week of activities. A full account of the workshop activities and its outcome is contained in the publication 'Small Islands Voice Laying the foundation'. Significant progress was made on all three objectives, and in particular concrete plans were prepared for the 2003 activities for Small Islands Voice in the three regions. The opportunity to interact with people from other regions was particularly appreciated by workshop participants. The Rock Islands Declaration prepared by the participants to the workshop emphasizes their commitment to the goals and continuation of Small Islands Voice. Several newspaper articles from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles and Palau describe the participants' experiences.

The following photographs illustrate some of the interaction and activities that took place during the workshop. The full report on the workshop will be available shortly.

Getting to know each other in the Rock Islands
(from left to right: Sabrina Marie (Seychelles), Maara Murare and Bruce Gray (Cook Islands), June-Marie Mow (San Andres Archipelago, Colombia), Alain De Comarmond and Matthew Servina (Seychelles)

Mr Herman Belmar of St. Vincent and the Grenadines presenting his country's flag to Ms. Sandra Pierantozzi, Vice-President of Palau


Ms. Maara Murare of the Cook Islands presenting a gift to Ms. Sandra Pierantozzi, Vice-President of Palau


Youth representatives from Seychelles, Cook Islands, Palau and St. Kitts and Nevis (from left to right: Sabrina Marie, Maara Murare, Patricia Black, Jesse Mangham, Samal Duggins)


Sabrina Marie and Maara Murare (standing) sharing ideas with youth from the Palau Community College


Joe Aitaro (centre) describing the construction of a traditional 30-man outrigger canoe at Melekeok


The recently built outrigger canoe at Melekeok


Joe Aitaro (right) explaining some of the measures put in place to protect the environment during the building of the Compact Road


Section of the Compact Road


Workshop participants visiting the Capitol Relocation Project in the State of Melekeok


Workshop participants visiting the Melekeok traditional men's meeting house


To get involved, contact :


Coastal Regions and Small Islands Platform
UNESCO, Paris, France
fax: +33 1 45 68 58 08

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