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Focusing on COMMUNITIES IN ACTION, Small Islands Voice works with villages, specific interest groups, and sometimes entire islands, by building capacity so that islanders can effectively plan and implement their own vision of sustainable development. Whether it is tackling social issues, sharing island cultures, or embracing environmental stewardship, it is all a vital part of shaping the future. Exchanging these experiences inter-regionally further strengthens a sense of community amongst islands. More information about specific activities in individual islands in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific regions is listed by individual island

To see with a quick glance the scope of Small Islands Voice, a concise brochure is available in English, French and Spanish, whilst more detail about activities in the specific regions is available in Word on the street/L'écho de la rue.

A full colour, well-illustrated report, published in July 2003, Small Islands Voice: Laying the foundation, describes some of the initial activities in the islands and discusses the future potential of the initiative, (the foreword and executive summaries are also available in French and Spanish). A second publication, Voices in a changing world, brings together the concerns of people living in small islands in the words of islanders themselves.

A 20 minute video shows scenes from the islands taking part in the initiative, and portrays through the words of islanders themselves how they are confronting their environment and development problems and how they anticipate Small Islands Voice will assist them in their efforts. The video finishes with a rap poem, Mother Earth's Dying Cries, composed and performed by Samal Duggins of St. Kitts and Nevis, the text is also available.

At the outset, in 2002, the Small Islands Voice Global Internet Forum was launched. This continues to be very successful in providing a place for dialogue, discussion and debate on a variety of issues among residents of small islands. While the Small Islands Voice Youth Internet Forum provides a similar function for young islanders to discuss amongst themselves issues, lifestyles and problems.


To get involved, contact :


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

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