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Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
 

Since 1994, the UN has recognized the specific challenges facing SIDS, in particular, the greater risk of marginalization emanating from their:

  • Small size
  • Remoteness from large markets
  • High economic vulnerability to economic and natural shocks beyond domestic control

However, the UN never established criteria to determine an official list of SIDS. In this context, UNCTAD, for analytical purposes, uses an informal list of 29 SIDS. Since the early 1990s, UNCTAD has been supporting the plea for putting the issue of vulnerability at the heart of UN attention to the problems of SIDS.

UN member States have called for "improved and additional measures to more effectively address the unique and particular vulnerabilities and development needs" of SIDS. This call has been actively responded to by UNCTAD, through in two main streams of action:

  1. Identifying possible international support measures of key interest to SIDS
  2. Encouraging the adoption of criteria for defining SIDS, a prerequisite for SIDS status

Main Outputs

  • Conducting policy-focused research and analysis on resilience building
  • Advisory services to graduating SIDS from LDC status
  • Assisting SIDS as a category to enhance the credibility of SIDS as a platform for special consideration by development partners
 
 

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21 February 2014UNCTAD hails International Year of Small Island Developing States, urges more effective steps in their favour
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