Ocean Action Hub

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are a heterogeneous group of islands that share some common features that make them economically, socially and environmentally vulnerable. Spread over four regions, namely the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, West Africa and the Pacific, SIDS are particularly small, remote, insular and highly exposed to natural disasters and climate change risks. “Smallness” in terms of area, population and economies constitutes a key driver of vulnerability as it also implies small domestic markets with limited scope for exploitation of economies of scale; a narrow resource base leading to limited export opportunities; and the production of a narrow range of crops, minerals and manufactures which in turn leads to high dependence on imports (including food, fuel and manufactures). A high level of specialization in exports and dependence on imports increases exposure to global economic and financial shocks, including price volatility. Small economies and populations limit employment opportunities and can lead to high migration rates especially of skilled human resources and to a narrowing of the skill base. High migration rates can also generate a positive feedback through the remittances sent back by migrants. Meanwhile, insularity and remoteness are inherent to SIDS and contribute to heightening their vulnerability as remoteness, distance and isolation drive transport costs (UNCTAD, 2014, p.13).

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24 Mar 2017 - [Blog] The oceans sustain creatures we haven’t even discovered, but they also keep terrestrial life going.

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Join our online discussion on Increasing economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets (

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24/03/2017 - 05:15 to 17/04/2017 - 13:15
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22 Mar 2017 – Over a year ago, on 20 February 2016, Tropical Cyclone Winston made a category 5 landfall along the north coa

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Papua New Guinea

Kimbe Bay in Papua New Guinea’s island of New Britain holds an almost mythical status amongst divers.

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The value added of the Ecosystem Services Concept and the integration of equity...
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15 -17 Mar 2017 - Parties to the Cartagena Convention are meeting in French Guyana to discuss reducing marine pollution, ocean acidification

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8 Mar 2017 - International Women’s Day 2017: Be Bold for Change! Protecting our Ocean and Biodiversity

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22 Feb 2017 - SIDS are thinking differently, especially when it comes to the ocean. At the Ocean Conference, we will all need to embrace this new mind-set.  

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UN DESA is organizing a meeting for delegates from SIDS, hosted by the UN Office for Sustainable Development in the Republic of Korea in Jeju Island.

Event Date:
29/03/2017 - 04:15 to 31/03/2017 - 13:15
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15 February 2017 - JOSÉ MARÍA FIGUERES, ET AL call on government, business and citizens to unite and take action to save marine ecosystems.

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UN Headquarters, Conference Room 11

Co-organized by the World Bank Group, the OECD and the Government of Grenada

Event Date:
15/02/2017 -
13:15 to 14:30
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Squeezed in a subway in Tokyo one morning in 1992, I wondered how many fellow commuters had seen the magnificence of underwater life. The previous day I had my first diving experience.

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