Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) today face unprecedented challenges. In a globalized and interconnected world subject to changing climatic conditions, small islands are particularly at risk – whether from increasingly unpredictable and severe weather, the prospect of rising sea levels, or their geographical isolation and economic vulnerability.
However, small island societies have a record of thriving in challenging times, inventing and refining new and innovative approaches to development, societal mobilization and technological adaptation.
UNESCO’s house-wide contribution to the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States is mobilized through the SIDS Platform. The SIDS Platform pursues an integrated approach to sustainable island living and development, emphasizing interregional linkages and cooperation. Reflecting the priority status assigned to SIDS in UNESCO’s current medium-term strategy, the SIDS Platform is geographical in nature, allowing it to interact with other platforms focusing on specific themes, such as, for example, climate change and education for sustainable development.
The SIDS Platform ensures that UNESCO’s unique interdisciplinary expertise – in natural and social sciences; climate change; education for sustainable development; natural, cultural and intangible heritage; the articulation of scientific and indigenous knowledge; and knowledge management and information for decision-making – is productively used in addressing the multiplicity of challenges facing SIDS.
For more information of UNESCO’s SIDS Programme, please click here.
SIDS activities implemented by UNESCO Office, Jakarta are as follows:
- Community-based research on traditional ecological knowledge, development of environmental education materials, and implementation of training on traditional ecological knowledge in Community Learning Centres (CLCs) in Timor Leste (May - December 2011)
- Promoting and mobilizing Local and Indigenous Knowledge for sustainable development in Timor-Leste (June 2011 - )
- Observing the beach: Building climate change resilient coastal communities in Indonesia and Timor-Leste (October 2012 - )
- Sustainable development, poverty eradication and vulnerable community empowerment in Timor-Leste through safeguarding the cultural and natural heritage