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Ocean Health, Human Wealth: The importance of coral reefs – SIDS4

May 29th 2024 | Time: 12:00 – 13:30

Official Programme
Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) comprise 37 UN member nations and 20 associate members of regional commissions, uniquely and unfortunately positioned at the forefront of multiple global crises, notably climate change. These remote economies, prone to natural disasters were formally recognized as a special case both for their environment and development at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development  held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Occupying less than 0.5 per cent of the world’s surface, these nations are spread across three key regions: the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Sea (AIS).

In the face of escalating global crises, including climate change and COVID-19, SIDS find themselves on the frontline, constantly navigating through a cycle of environmental disasters and recovery efforts, which tests their resilience and ability to sustain their communities and economies.


Under the overarching theme of “Charting the course toward resilient prosperity”, the Conference will aim at assessing the ability of SIDS to achieve sustainable development, including the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. It will result in an intergovernmentally agreed, focused, forward-looking and action-oriented political outcome document.



Leading Partner

The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) is a global partnership between nations and organisations which strives to preserve coral reefs and associated ecosystems. Founded in 1994, by eight governments and announced at the First COP of the Convention on Biological Diversity in December 1994 (the same year the first SIDS conference was held), ICRI emerged out of the recognition that coral reefs and related ecosystems found in tropical and sub-tropical regions are facing serious degradation, primarily due to acute and chronic anthropogenic stresses. ICRI comprises 101 members including 45 Countries who represent over 75% of the world’s coral reefs, of which, over 25% are representatives from SIDS (Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Grenada, Jamaica, Maldives, New Caledonia, Palau, Samoa, Seychelles).

Organising Partners

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNEP Cartagena Convention Secretariat, Government of Belize, The Commonwealth Secretariat, The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Concept Note

Download the latest concept note here (.pdf)

Date, Time, Location

Wednesday 29th May 2024 | 12:00 – 13:30 pm | Room 5


Should you have any questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact the ICRI Secretariat

Wednesday 29th May 2024


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