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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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12 June 2017 - The United Nations Ocean Conference drew to a close with a joint “call to action” issued by member states after a

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12 June 2017 - The Ocean Conference (5-9 June) co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden brought an unprecedented show of global unity around the need to tackle the crisis in the oce

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“The struggle of poor and vulnerable communities against poverty, biodiversity...
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7 Jun 2017 - Ministers from tiny island states such as Palau, Fiji and Tuvalu arrived to make the case that the lives of their citizens, thousands of miles away, are more at risk than ever.

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Argentina

Más del 70% de la superficie terrestre está cubierta por el mar.

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The Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance (PROG) is pleased to announce the...
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Developed for The Ocean Conference by the Nippon Foundation-Nereus Program,...
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Hosted by the Government of Grenada, UNDP and the OECD.

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05/06/2017 - 11:00
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Hosted by UN FAO and the Governments of Grenada, the Netherlands and Cape Verde.

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05/06/2017 - 13:15
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ACP Secretariat in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Seychelles, The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism and SPIF.

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06/06/2017 - 13:15
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Seychelles

31 May 2017 - The Government of the Seychelles has considered and approved the presentation of four voluntary commitments from the Seychelles to the Ocean Conference to be held in New York

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