UN Conference on Small Island Developing States

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are some of the countries on the frontline in the global fight against human-induced climate change. They represent the ‘canary in the coalmine’ for our collective efforts to mitigate and adapt to the effects of greenhouse gas emissions in the future. For SIDS, coping with the effects of climate change is an already tangible reality. For some, rising sea levels are becoming a threat to their very existence.

The Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is taking place from September 1-4 in Apia, Samoa. This gathering of UN agencies, governments, civil society and NGOs marks a crucial opportunity for the international community to find lasting solutions to the complex and often unique issues faced by SIDS. 

The stories presented here offer some insight into those problems, as well as the work being undertaken by UNDP through several partnerships to assist SIDS in achieving sustainable development solutions for their citizens. 

Our work with SIDS from Haiti to Fiji

UNDP in Sao Tome & Principe

São Tomé and Príncipe: Early warning systems protect farmers and fishermen

Storm surges, rains, flash floods, and increasing fog and wind are creating hazardous conditions for fishermen and farmers alike. more

UNDP in the Maldives

Collecting rain to address Maldives' water shortage

Years of population growth, ineffective sewage systems, and encroaching salt water have made the groundwater unsafe to use. more

UNDP in Haiti

Watershed projects build climate change resilience in Haiti

Finding dependable, clean water has always been a challenge for the people of Haiti. But in recent years, climate change has exacerbated the problem. more

Dominican Republic

Light reaches rural communities in the Dominican Republic

Small micro-hydropower plants provide energy to the 4% of the country's population excluded from the national power grid. more


Reaching for the sun: Unlocking solar energy for Samoa

Samoa is harnessing the sun with three new solar energy systems, supplying renewable power to 800 homes. more

Statements from Helen Clark

As both ‘Small Island Developing States’ with a limited natural resource base, and as ‘Large Ocean States’ with custodianship of major ocean areas often containing sizeable biodiversity of both commercial and globally environmental significance, these island nations face unique challenges.

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Island Innovations








Some of the most successful approaches and achievements emerging from SIDS.

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