Source: Small Island Developing States
31 July 2019: At the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) high-level meeting to review sustainable development progress for small island developing States (SIDS), the Presidents of Fiji and Ireland and actor Jason Momoa will speak during the opening session.
The one-day meeting is mandated to agree on a political declaration outlining concrete actions to advance implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway, the plan agreed at the 2014 SIDS conference in Samoa. The review will mark the half-way point of the SAMOA Pathway’s implementation period, 2015-2025.
Intergovernmental negotiations on the political declaration for the review meeting have been underway since May 2019, co-facilitated by the delegations of Fiji and Ireland. An eight-page revised draft of the text was circulated on 2 July 2019, and consultations are ongoing.
According to the concept note and draft programme circulated on 31 July 2019, the review session will feature two multi-stakeholder roundtables on the topics of: ‘Progress, Gaps and Challenges’; and ‘Priorities, Solutions and the Way Forward.’ Guiding questions for each roundtable are outlined in the concept note.
The concept note highlights that the coming five years will represent the end of the SAMOA Pathway’s duration, and that these five years must “seek out the strongest synergies” with other multilateral processes, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the climate agenda. [Concept Note and Programme] [SAMOA Review Webpage] [SDG Knowledge Hub story on sustainable development challenges for SIDS]