29 July, St. Johns, Antigua – As debt mounts for small island developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, their ability to build resilience to the climate crisis and other external shocks is lagging. A new fund, the Caribbean Resilience Fund (CRF), aims to provide island nations in the region with a lifeline to strengthen their resilience and restructure their debt.
Location: Saint John's, Antigua
The UN Office for the Most Vulnerable States (OHRLLS) is supporting the convening of the ECLAC High-Level meeting to advance consideration of the ECLAC Caribbean Resilience Fund.
The world’s small island developing States (SIDS) are facing the compounding shocks of the intensifying effects of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and high levels of debt.
One extreme weather event can wipe out decades of development progress in a Small Island Developing State - and these events are becoming more frequent.
That’s the sobering perspective from Samoa, whose ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Fatumanava-o-Upolu III Pa'olelei Luteru, was speaking at a UN-OHRLLS-organised side event to the Ocean Conference.
Photo credit: Renee Capozzola
The Ocean is in trouble. Some 60 per cent of the world’s major marine ecosystems have been degraded or are being used unsustainably. And when life underwater becomes more difficult, there are big implications for life on land.
Source: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
May 27, 2022, Bali, INDONESIA – More countries must “Think Resilience”, and urgently adopt and improve early warning systems to reduce risks from an increasing number of disasters across the world, a UN forum has concluded.
By Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
KOROR, Palau – The seventh Our Ocean Conference closed in Palau with the announcement of 410 commitments to protect the ocean worth $16.35 billion while at the business forum for island nations organised by the UN Office for the Most Vulnerable States (OHRLLS), major announcements were made on renewable energy, post-COVID tourism recovery and zero-emission shipping.
Heidi Schroderus-Fox, Acting High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing States and Small Island Developing States.
13 April, Koror, Palau - As the saying goes, we know more about the surface of the moon than the seafloor of our own ocean. But perhaps not for too much longer.