The International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, which concluded its works in Port-Louis, Mauritius, was attended by 18 Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Prime Ministers, some 60 ministers and nearly 2000 delegates, civil society representatives and journalists from 114 countries, and by 15 UN or multilateral agencies.
The nineteenth special session of the General Assembly (23-27 June 1997), in considering the further implementation of Agenda 21 in areas requiring urgent action, also reviewed SIDS' issues. In that context, the special session requested that the Commission on Sustainable Development at its sixth session in 1998 undertake a review of all the outstanding chapters and issues of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States adopted at the Global Conference in Barbados in 1994. It was decided that a two-day special session of the General Assembly would be held immediately preceding the fifty-fourth session of the Assembly in 1999 for an in-depth assessment and appraisal of the implementation of the Programme of Action and CSD was requested to serve as a Prep-Comm for that special session.
At the conclusion of the Conference, 111 Governments adopted the Barbados Declaration and Programme of Action. These agreements elaborate principles and set out strategies for development that will protect the fragile environments of small islands States. They build on the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and Agenda 21.