Newsletter - April 2022



April 2022

SIDS Global Business Network - Palau, 12 April 2022


Our Small Island Developing States Global Business Network kicks off in Palau on 12 April at 09:00 local time (GMT+9). The event will harness the innovation of the private sector to help drive sustainable development in small island developing States (SIDS). 

Through a forum taking place every two years, the network will bring together the international business community to focus on SIDS as potential market opportunities. This year, the forum takes place on the margins of the Our Ocean Conference in Palau and will focus on partnerships for the blue economy.

Why is this important? Because by 2030 the ocean economy could reach over USD 3 trillion. SIDS control about 30% of all oceans and seas and through enhanced partnerships with the private sector to build their blue economies, they can protect ocean resources and strengthen climate action – all while advancing their economic development.

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Together Far Apart - A new podcast series


 Our new podcast is now live!

In “Together Far Apart”, our brand new podcast series, we share stories about the lived reality in the most vulnerable countries and meet communities that may be far apart on the globe but are united in their hopes and ambitions for a brighter future.

The first season of Together Far Apart focuses on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and delves into issues ranging from seagrass conservation in Seychelles to renewable energy in Mauritius and the culinary heritage of Barbados. Each episode whisks the listener to a different island community and explores their particular set of challenges through interviews and analysis but also celebrates their lives through sound and music.

Together Far Apart is available wherever you get your podcasts and directly from our website.

Tune in!


Advancing the development goals of LDCs through

South-South Cooperation


Read our new report on the role of South-South Cooperation in advancing sustainable development and achieving the transformative recovery of the Least Developing Countries.

South-South cooperation is a manifestation of solidarity among peoples and countries of the Global South that contributes to their national well-being, their national and collective self-reliance, and the attainment of internationally agreed development goals.

In this report, we review the role of South-South cooperation in the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) by taking stock of best practices and identifying constraints in scaling up solutions. The report also focuses on the importance of renewing partnerships and enhancing cooperation in the follow-up agreement, the Doha Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries 2022-2031 (DPoA), which was adopted by the first part of LDC5 on March 17 and endorsed by the General Assembly on April 1.

Read the report


Connecting the Least Connected:

Harnessing Partnerships for Digital Connectivity


Acting High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Heidi Schroderus-Fox, speaking at the launch of the Partner2Connect platform – Copyright: ITU

Did you know that more than a third of people on the planet have never used the internet?

An overwhelming majority of them – 96 per cent – live in developing countries. Aiming to tackle this issue as part of a renewed push to support the Least Developed Countries, we helped launch a new platform to address four key priorities to ensure a sustainable global digital transformation: 

  • Access: Connecting people everywhere 
  • Adoption: Empowering communities 
  • Value creation: Building digital ecosystems 
  • Accelerate: Incentivizing investments 

The platform – launched together with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Technology - is a crucial milestone in the realization of the Doha Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries.

The Partner2Connect Digital Coalition will help bring about meaningful change in the countries that need it most, especially in the most vulnerable states.

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LDC5 - Did you miss the announcement?


The General Assembly has agreed on new dates for the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5). The first part took place on March 17 in New York, at which the new Doha Programme of Action was adopted.

The second part - the conference itself – is slated for Doha from 5 to 9 March 2023.

There we will bring together world leaders, civil society, the private sector, young people and many more to build new partnerships and momentum for the delivery of the Doha Programme of Action.

Keep in touch to hear the latest news and opportunities on LDC5.



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