Event

ITC @ the SIDS4 Conference

    Overview

    At SIDS4, the international community will gather to review SIDS’ sustainable development progress and propose a new decade of partnerships and solutions to supercharge their path to resilient prosperity. ITC will highlight the key role of small businesses in SIDS in addressing challenges resulting from climate change, COVID-19 and a crisis of debt. Success stories that empower youth, women, indigenous communities, and marginalized groups through agribusiness alliances, tourism and trade shall be showcased through Side events and thematic sessions.

    Date & location
    25–30 May 2024

    St John's

    Programme

    SIDS Global Business Network Forum
    Saturday 25 May 2024
    10:00 - 10:30
    Opening Session
    10:30 - 11:00
    Break
    11:00 - 12:30
    Session 1 - Sustainability: Navigating Blue-Green Growth
    12:30 - 14:00
    Lunch and Side Events
    14:00 - 15:30
    Session 2 - Inclusivity: Empowering Local Communities for Transformed Economies
    15:30 - 17:00
    Networking Cafe - Reception with networking activity, pitches, marketplace, and cultural intervention
    SIDS Global Business Network Forum
    Sunday 26 May 2024
    10:00 - 10:30
    Presentation the SIDS Global Business Network
    10:30 - 11:00
    Break
    11:00 - 12:30
    Session 3 – Policy: Crafting an Enabling Business Environment
    12:30 - 14:00
    Lunch and Side Events
    14:00 - 16:00
    Session 4 – Funding: Securing Financing and Investment (Part 1)
    16:00 - 16:15
    Break
    16:15 - 17:00
    High-Level Closing - Summary of Outcomes and High-level Statements
    SIDS4 Conference Programme
    Monday 27 May 2024
    10:00 - 13:00
    First plenary meeting
    10 – 11 a.m. - Opening segment
    The election of the President of the Conference
    Statements by the President of the Conference, the President of the General Assembly, the President of the Economic and Social Council, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States, the Secretary-General of the Conference and a youth representative

    Consideration of procedural and organizational matters, including the adoption of the rules of procedure and the agenda, the election of officers, the establishment of a Main Committee, if required, the appointment of the members of the Credentials Committee, arrangements for the preparation of the report of the Conference and other matters.

    11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    General debate
    15:00 - 18:00
    Second plenary meeting
    General debate
    Launch of Alliances for Caribbean Food Security & Closure of Alliances for Coconuts
    This event will feature the launch of the new ITC ‘Alliances for Caribbean Food Security’ project and the closure of the ‘Alliances for Coconut Industry Development for the Caribbean’. Through visual and interactive features, the event will take the form of a networking event, with photo exhibitions, video screenings and product tastings. In keeping with the themes of SIDS4, the event will shine a light on ITC and partners’ roles in transforming food systems for sustainable trade, enhanced economic, social and environmental sustainability and resilience.
    SIDS4 Conference Programme
    Tuesday 28 May 2024
    09:00 - 13:00
    Third plenary meeting (In parallel)
    General debate
    11:00 - 13:00
    Interactive dialogue (Revitalizing SIDS Economies for Accelerated and Sustainable Growth)
    15:00 - 18:00
    Fourth plenary meeting (In parallel)
    General debate
    16:00 - 18:00
    Interactive dialogue (Enhancing Critical Forms of Financing and Aid Effectiveness through Collaborative Partnerships: A Conversation)
    SIDS4 Conference Programme
    Wednesday 29 May 2024
    09:00 - 13:00
    Fifth plenary meeting (In parallel)
    General debate
    11:00 - 13:00
    Interactive dialogue (Making Climate Finance Work for SIDS: Building on the Outcomes of UNFCCC COP 28)
    15:00 - 18:00
    Sixth plenary meeting (In parallel)
    General debate
    16:00 - 18:00
    Interactive dialogue (Levering Data and Digital Technologies and Building Effective Institutions for a Resilient Future in SIDS)
    SIDS4 Conference Programme
    Thursday 30 May 2024
    09:00 - 12:00
    Seventh plenary meeting (In parallel)
    General debate
    11:00 - 13:00
    Interactive dialogue (Investing in Human Capital: Addressing Health Crisis in SIDS and Building the Potential of Youth in SIDS)
    14:00 - 17:00
    Eighth plenary meeting
    Closing of the general debate
    Closing segment, including reporting on the interactive dialogues, adoption of the outcome document and the report of the Conference

    ITC Projects in SIDS

    ITC recognizes that small island developing states (SIDS) face a unique set of challenges, particularly their vulnerability to external shocks. ITC works with SIDS to improve their export performance through regional collaboration, focused sectoral programmes, institutional support and strengthening the private sector. We also assist these states to trade mainly agricultural products that are attractive to niche markets that demand products proven to be sustainable economically, socially and environmentally. 

     

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