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SIDS Future Forum 2024 meeting report: Shaping the future of Small Island Developing States

Meeting/conference report

Written by Rachid Bouhia, Matthew Bishop, Jack Corbett, Courtney Lindsay, Emily Wilkinson, George Carter, Michelle Scobie

Image credit:Aerial of the island of Tuvalu | Credit: Romaine W

The first ever SIDS Future Forum took place in New York in March 2024. The conference was attended by approximately 80 high-level attendees representing Small Island Developing States (SIDS) missions, United Nations (UN) agencies, donors and other development partners, as well as around 250 virtual participants from SIDS’ capital cities and regional agencies, and 22 invited practitioners working on SIDS issues.

Discussions at the conference were underpinned by the presentation of 12 original working papers – commissioned by the Resilient and Sustainable Islands Initiative (RESI) – exploring four substantive themes of the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) summit communiqué. The themes are: ‘resilient economies'; 'safe, healthy and prosperous societies'; 'a secure future'; 'environmental protection and planetary sustainability' – plus a further session on 'means of implementation'.

This report summarises the immediate discussions and outcomes of the Forum, before proposing a dynamic long-term agenda – involving evidence gathering, knowledge-building and lesson-sharing – to support ongoing implementation of the Antigua and Barbuda Agenda for SIDS (ABAS).