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SIDS Action Plan (2016-2021)

UNESCO has been among the pioneers in the UN system supporting SIDS in their efforts to achieve sustainable development and carrying their challenges to the forefront of the global agenda. Assisting SIDS in the implementation of the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action, the 2005 Mauritius Strategy and the SAMOA Pathway (in effect since 2014) has been a priority for the Organization. As a follow-up to the Organization’s commitment to implement the outcomes of the Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa, UNESCO has developed, in consultation with its SIDS Member States, a long-term SIDS Action Plan (2016-2021), unanimously adopted by its Member States during the Organization’s Executive Board in April 2016. The Action Plan benefits from an intersectoral engagement across all of UNESCO’s programmes, and its implementation mobilizes networks of sites and a wide range of partners and stakeholders in SIDS and other countries worldwide, including inter-regional, interinstitutional and inter-agency collaboration.

The Action Plan addresses the following five priority areas within UNESCO’s mandate:

  1. Enhancing island capacities to achieve sustainable development through education and the reinforcement of human and institutional capacities;
  2. Enhancing SIDS resilience and the sustainability of human interactions with ecological, freshwater and ocean systems;
  3. Supporting SIDS in the management of social transformations and the promotion of social inclusion and social justice;
  4. Preserving tangible and intangible cultural heritage and promoting culture for island sustainable development;
  5. Increasing connectivity, information management and knowledge-sharing.
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