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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

EU Supports Launching of the 2014 UN International Year of Small Islands Development States (SIDS)

The International Year of Small Island Development States (SIDS) was officially launched on 24 February 2014. The European Union acknowledges that SIDS face common challenges and experience specific vulnerabilities across the economic, social and environmental dimensions. They are all greatly affected by climate change and confronted with rising sea levels, and face frequent natural and man-made disasters.
There are twenty-three (23) SIDS in the Caribbean Region. The EU and EU member states are the largest donors of grant aid to the region and a major trade and cultural partner. As one example of collaboration, SIDS currently benefit from EU support provided through Sustainable Fisheries Agreements, as well as promoting sustainable fisheries management and development.  The EU maintains six (6) Delegations in the Caribbean. In 2013 an overall envelope of 1 billion euro was announced in support to the region from the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) from 2014 - 2020.
The European Union and its member states have a long standing concern for the challenges and conditions faced by SIDS. The EU and EU members have actively contributed to the elaboration and to the implementation of the Barbados Plan of Action (BPoA) and of the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation (MSI). The EU and EU MS see SIDS as natural, equal partners on critical global issues, which by definition defy borders.On many of these issues the SIDS group and the EU and EU member states share common opinions.

Source: SKNVibes.com