UN SG Names Under-Secretary-General Wu as Secretary-General of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
28 November 2012
United Nations, New York, November 2012 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, the Secretary-General for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). In supporting the Conference, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will work in close collaboration with the United Nations High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya and his office.
The Conference, which will be held in Apia, Samoa, in 2014 (date to be decided), will seek a renewed political commitment to address the special needs and vulnerabilities of SIDS by focusing on practical and pragmatic actions. The Conference, building on assessments of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation (MSI), aims to identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for sustainable development of SIDS, particularly through the strengthening of partnerships between SIDS and the international community.
The conference will provide an opportunity for the elaboration of sustainable development issues of concern to SIDS in the process of charting the post-2015 development agenda, including the sustainable development goals.
Building on the success and lessons learned from the recent Rio+20 process, Mr. Wu has offered the full support of DESA, working closely with UN-OHRLLS and other UN departments, UN Regional Commissions and the UN system as a whole, while mobilizing relevant IGOs and Major Groups, to ensure that the Conference makes a concrete and meaningful contribution to the sustainable development of SIDS.
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