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Competitiveness Strategies for Small States - by L. Briguglio and G. Cordina (editors)
Based on a workshop held at the University of Malta under the aegis of the Commonwealth Secretariat. Twenty chapters include case study experience from such small-island states as Bahrain, Barbados, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Jamaica, Mauritius, Trinidad & Tobago, as well as Pacific Island countries. Also contributions on such dimensions of competitiveness as agricultural trade liberalization, social consensus and productivity measurement. More

Western Indian Ocean Environment Outlook - by UNEP
One of a series of regional environmental outlooks prepared under the aegis of UNEP, includes sections on the state of the environment, policy responses and future perspectives. Based on a consultation held in Mauritius in January 1999.More

Caribbean Environment Outlook - by UNEP
Companion volume to the Global Environment Outlook 2000, provides an overview of the state of the environment from a regional perspective, evaluates policy responses, and highlights the priority issues that the international community should address.

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Pacific Islands Environment Outlook - by UNEP
Based on regional consultation held in Samoa in November 1998, includes four substantive chapters: state of the environment, policy responses, alternative policy options, emerging issues.More

Our Planet Magazine Issue on Small Islands - by UNEP
Volume 10, Number 3, of UNEP’s monthly magazine on environmentally sustainable development comprises a dozen articles on small island issues and perspectives, addressing such aspects as global warming and sea-level rise, pollution, vulnerability, tourism, grassroots participation in biodiversity conservation.More

Eastern Caribbean: St George’s Declaration of Principles for Environmental Sustainability - by
Twenty principles adopted in November 2000 by member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).More

Small States: Meeting Challenges in the Global Economy - by Commonwealth Secretariat/World Bank Joint Task Force
Sets out a contextual framework in which to consider development problems peculiar to small states.

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Partnerships for Sustainable Development - by
Summary of information available as of 3 June 2003 on proposed sustainable development initiatives submitted to the Secretariat of the Commission on Sustainable Development. Pages 67-75 contain information on 17 initiatives relating to ‘Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States’.More

Millennium Development Goals in the Pacific - by
Asian Development Bank (ADB) report on progress towards the MDGs in thirteen Pacific nations, pointing out gaps and identifying issues and priorities from available data.More

Pacific Island Countries Case Study. Interlinkages: Synergies and Coordination among Multilateral Environmental Agreements - by
Study by United Nations University (UNU) and South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) on environmental policies and implementation of MEAs in three countries (Cook Islands, Palau, Vanuatu).More

The Growing Vulnerability of Small Island Developing States - by University of West Indies Centre for Environment and Development
Report prepared for UNDP Capacity 21 project, which synthesizes three main types of vulnerability (economic, social, environmental) that pervade SIDS.More

Island Directory
Database on 2,000 of the world’s islands maintained by UNEP-Geneva. For each island, information organized in 70 fields, addressing such aspects as land area, island type, climate, catastrophic threats, human occupation and impact, ecosystem type, fauna and flora, endemic and introduced species, protected areas, etc. >> More

Small Island Environmental Management Course and Training Programme
Do-it-yourself set of materials developed by UNEP-Earthwatch. Forty-six units organized in ten sections, including sensitization to environmental problems, basic resources, ecological principles, traditional environmental management, human habitat, managing the local environment, techniques for research and monitoring, assessing development projects, communicating knowledge to others. >> More

UNDP Capacity: 2015 Regional Strategy for Small Island Developing States
Capacity 2015 is a global partnership mechanism assisting countries to develop the capacity of their professionals, institutions, and systems to formulate and implement strategies for sustainable development to achieve local, national and international development goals. One of the components of Capacity 2015 is specifically focused on sustainable development challenges in Small Island Developing States. >> More

UNEP Regional Seas Programmes and Action Plans
Regional mechanisms for cooperation between governments and commitment to shared goals in respect to the marine and coastal environment, with 13 regional action plans for such regions as the Caribbean, Mediterranean, North-West Pacific, South Asian Seas, South Pacific, South-East Pacific. >> More

Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
Coalition of small island and low-lying countries, that functions mainly as an ad hoc lobby and negotiating voice within the UN system.
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Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
Established in 1973, works towards attainment of a viable, internationally competitive and sustainable community of nations in the Caribbean, with improved quality of life for all.
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Caribbean Site Directory
Organized index of Caribbean-related web-sites, with entries on an island/country basis as well as by subject (e.g. regional products, arts-music-literature).
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Centre for Rights and Development (CEFRAD)
Seychelles-based NGO, created in 1998. Aims include encouraging citizens to participate proactively in sustainable development at community, national, regional and global levels.
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Commonwealth Small States
Web-site designed to increase international awareness of the problems and challenges faced by 32 small states (many of them small island states) in the Commonwealth, arising from the constraints of size, remoteness and vulnerability to shocks.
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Council of Regional Organizations for the Pacific (CROP)
Network of eight primary regional organizations.
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Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS)
‘Oceanic islands: introduction’, ‘Dispersal of plants and animals to oceanic islands’ and ‘Effects of sea-level rise on small island states’ are just three of the articles relating to small islands accessible through EOLSS, developed under the auspices of the UNESCO-EOLSS Joint Committee.
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FAO Small Island Developing States
Includes compilation of FAO documents and other publications relating to food, agriculture and fisheries in SIDS.
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Global Islands Network
Non-profit organization established in June 2002 to conduct and promote culturally appropriate, ecologically sound, economically sustainable and socially equitable development on islands worldwide.
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International Scientific Council for Island Development (INSULA)
Non-governmental international organization created in 1989, with the aim of bringing together and mobilizing the skills of those who consider islands and their progress as a shared heritage.
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Island Resources Foundation
Private non-profit research and education organization based in US Virgin Islands, dedicated to addressing the environment problems of development in small tropical islands.
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Islands and Small States Institute, University of Malta
Based at the Foundation for International Studies, promotes research and training on the economic, social, cultural, ecological and geographical aspects of small states, including sustainability indices.
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Jane’s Oceania
Provides visitors with a window for viewing life in various parts of the Pacific islands. A monthly newsletter typically contains sections on such topics as News and Views, Pacific Islands Radio, About Books, Coming Events, Recollections and Memoirs, Special Links, Oceania Websites, Interesting Places, Interesting Links, Letters, It's Time to Chat.
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Lettres des îles
Newsletter No. 12 previews the “6ème Prix du livre insulaire” (6th Island Book Prize)(announced at Ouessant off the Brittany coast of France on 19 August 2004). Associated with a two-day seminar on Haitian literature, to mark the bicentenary of the founding of the country.
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Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
Regional institution based in St Lucia, created in 1981. Contributes to the sustainable development of its nine member states by assisting them to maximize the benefits from their collective space, by facilitating their intelligent integration with the global economy, by contributing to policy and programme formulation and execution in respect of regional and international issues, and by facilitation of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
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Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, University of the South Pacific(USP)
Set-up in 2001, with the brief to work with all sections of the university, government agencies, regional and international organizations and NGOs, in promoting environmentally sustainable development.
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Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (PCRC)
Secretariat of a regional coalition of NGOs for a Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Movement (NFIP), grouping 120 affiliate organizations from 33 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Pacific Island Forum
Provides 16 member nations with opportunity to express their joint political views and to cooperate in areas of political and economic concern.
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Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO)
Regional network of NGO focal points or coordinating bodies known as National Liaison Units (NLUs) based in 22 Pacific Island countries and territories.
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Participatory Planning in the Caribbean
Provides information on conferences, government agencies, NGOs, consultants, academics, references and new books, as well as posting a ‘monthly paper’ (that for June 2003 concerns a proposal for knowledge-based tourism in Montserrat, that for September 2003 “Whatever happened to democracy?”).
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Partnerships for Sustainable Development in SIDS
Non-negotiated partnerships were an important outcome of the Johannesburg Summit. Of the 250+ partnerships posted so far by the UN, a score of projects in SIDS address such issues as renewable energy, governance, managing vulnerability and building resilience, reinforcing regional NGOs.
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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Broadly-based regional agency working with 22 independent and associated island territories in providing technical, research and management assistance.
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Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Forty-one states and territories are included in the list used by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in monitoring progress in implementing the Barbados Programme of Action.
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Small Islands Developing States Network
The Global Network for the Barbados Programme of Action.
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South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC)
Intergovernmental agency serving 16 island member states in the fields of hydrology, geology, disaster management, ocean science, and related domains.
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South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Established in 1982 within the Regional Seas Programme of UNEP, became an autonomous intergovernmental organization in 1993.
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UN Division of Sustainable Development --Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Web-page on SIDS by the United Nations focal point for the lead-up to the 2004 Mauritius meeting.
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UNEP Caribbean Environment Programme
Promotes regional cooperation for the protection and development of the environment in the wider Caribbean region, and services a clearing house for marine-coastal environmental data and information in the region.
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UNEP Islands Web-Site
Access to information on islands and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), especially from within the United Nations system. Provides links to Island Directory (information on some 2,000 islands) and 46-unit do-it-yourself course on small island environmental management.
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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Activities in Marine and Coastal Areas
Provides access to UNEP’s Regional Seas’ Action Plans and Conventions.
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University of the South Pacific (USP)
Established in 1968, with 12 member countries, premier provider of tertiary education in the Pacific, and an international centre of excellence for teaching and research on all aspects of Pacific culture and environment.
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University of the West Indies (UWI)
Autonomous regional organization supported by and serving 15 countries in the West Indies, with three main campuses: Mona (Jamaica), Cave Hill (Barbados), St Augustine (Trinidad and Tobago).
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World Bank Site on Small States
Web-site on 45 developing countries with a population of 1.5 million or less, of which 41 are members of the World Bank.
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AIMS Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 10-Year Review of the Barbados Programme of Action (Praia, Cape Verde - )
Second in a series of three regional preparatory meetings. Principal participants: representatives of SIDS from the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea regions. More

Caribbean Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 10-Year Review of the Barbados Programme of Action (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago - )
Third and final regional preparatory meeting. More






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