ITC to emphasize role of trade at UN conference on small island developing states
Facing a range of challenges, small island developing states (SIDS) are counting on a crucial United Nations conference in September to present their case to the international community in order to seek collaborative and innovative ways to improve their situation.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) will be present at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, which will be held in Apia, Samoa, on 1-4 September, to ensure that trade and the role of small and medium-sized enterprises is reflected in the efforts to stake out a sustainable future for SIDS.
World leaders, CEOs, United Nations and civil society representatives attending the meeting will seek to galvanize renewed action for SIDS and articulate small island priorities for the next 20 years. This includes identifying how small island states will transition to a more sustainable development path, including adapting to climate change, preserving the oceans, and developing renewable energy sources. Partnerships to achieve these objectives will be at the heart of the conference and over 200 new partnerships are expected to be part of the conference outcome.
Led by Executive Director Arancha González, who will participate in several of the high-level sessions during the SIDS conference, ITC will, in collaboration with the Government of Samoa, host one of the main panel discussions at the event, ‘Integrating Women Entrepreneurs in SIDS into the Global Economy’. The session will focus on ways to speed up the economic empowerment of women in SIDS, launching ITC's project on the economic empowerment of women in the Pacific. The project is funded by the governments of Australia, Norway and the United Kingdom through the Women and Trade Programme.
Over the duration of the event, ITC will also offer technical consultations to Pacific women entrepreneurs on how to improve their products and services through business strategies, at the ITC stand in the SIDS Village.
Major new commitments and initiatives on a range of issues expected to be announced during the four- day conference will also have measurable impacts in advancing the socio-economic and environmental well-being of SIDS. The conference will provide a crucial opportunity to mobilize all sectors of society to promote inclusive, equitable growth, social well-being, and a low-carbon economy, while at the same time preserving the environment on which many SIDS are dependent.
The meeting is the last high-level UN event ahead of the Climate Summit in New York, and will serve as an important input into General Assembly discussions.
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