From Island to Island

Fishing off Timor-Leste (UN Photo/ Martine Perret)

51 states around the world have been designated as Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Many face challenges to sustainable development, including unreliable infrastructure, economic vulnerability and challenging geography and climate. Representatives gathered yesterday in New York to address these issues and prepare for Rio+20.

The meeting brought together different areas to discuss common positions of small islands, their development strategies and their expectations of Rio+20. Earlier this summer, Seychelles President James Michel characterized the position of Small Island Developing States as being on the ‘frontline’ of dealing with any ‘turbulence’, whether economic or environmental, which then goes on to shake the whole world.

Recognizing the importance of small islands, the SIDS Network (SIDSNet) is oper