Small island developing states are especially vulnerable to external economic and environmental shocks. At the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa, 1-4 September, the Commonwealth is partnering with the United Nations, governments and international organisations to help build the resilience of these countries. Social development concerns came under the spotlight during the …

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Youth leaders represented at a global summit on small island nations in Samoa have called on national governments to include young people as partners for sustainable development. The Youth Forum was held in Apia on 28 August 2014 as part of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States, ahead of the main summit between …

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Small island developing states are especially vulnerable to external economic and environmental shocks. At the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa, 1-4 September, the Commonwealth is partnering with the United Nations, governments and international organisations to help build the resilience of these countries. The International Trade Centre’s priorities at SIDS this …

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Small island developing states are especially vulnerable to external economic and environmental shocks. At the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa, 1-4 September, the Commonwealth is partnering with the United Nations, governments and international organisations to help build the resilience of these countries. The UN Economic Commission for Africa emphasizes the …

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Small island developing states are especially vulnerable to external economic and environmental shocks. At the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa, 1-4 September, the Commonwealth is partnering with the United Nations, governments and international organisations to help build the resilience of these countries. The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma, …

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Small Island Developing States face potential devastation from climate change even though they not major sources of greenhouse gas emission, writes Eric Omwanda, 23, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Nairobi, Kenya, who argues other countries must show leadership in limiting climate change impact. Today as we are speaking the Kyoto Protocol is in place to help …

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Learning about global food security means knowing about rice production, biodiversity, women in agriculture and climate change, as Shomira Sanyal, 20, a Commonwealth Correspondent from New Delhi in India, discovered while attending summer school hosted by the Association of Commonwealth Universities. ‘Global Food Security: Can We Feed A Growing World?’  The theme for the 4th Association …

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Scotland’s referendum renewed heady thoughts of independence in Barbados, but Ariela St. Pierre-Collins, 16, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Barbados, says there are benefits for Barbados as a Small Island Developing State to continue its relationship with the UK. I followed with interest the recent referendum in Scotland as its population voted on whether or not to …

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The cost of attending the recent Small Island Developing States conference drew criticism from some quarters, but Lyn-Marie Blackman, 27, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Barbados, argues the venture is an investment. ‘Samoa bound’ is the heading of the article which goes on to state that the Barbados government has sent a ten-member delegation to Samoa for …

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Speaking before schoolchildren, sharing experiences at a community meeting and presenting to scientists and PhD students in New Caledonia has been all in a day’s work for Brianna Fruean, Pacific Region Commonwealth Youth Award winner 2015. Brianna is attending the Oceania 21 Summit in New Caledonia engaging with young people on a Regional Resilience to …

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