SIDS Year on the Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean
On occasion of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean has included a webpage dedicated to this theme on the Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean, in Spanish and English, one more action in the contributions made by the Organisation to this celebration, which also includes the launching of a special website on the UNESCO Portal.
Likewise, for the benefit of SIDS, the Culture sector of the UNESCO Office in Havana supports, through numerous actions, national efforts to develop and implement policies and measures requiring cultural resources as instruments for sustainable human and economic development, such as the Caribbean Capacity Building Programme (CCBP) for World Heritage, implemented by UNESCO Havana in close cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Kingston and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre; the publication of the journal Culture and Development, which disseminates policies and good practices throughout the region, including the SIDS; and the project Cameras of Diversity for the Caribbean, recently launched with representatives of the Caribbean SIDS, whose main goal is to promote inclusive economic development in the Caribbean region.
The Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) extensively discussed this theme and included a Special Declaration on Small Island Developing States among its final documents, a significant contribution in view of the many challenges faced by the 22 SIDS in the region.
The International Year of the Small Island Developing States was launched last 24 February at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, with an official ceremony presided over by John Ashe, President of the U.N. General Assembly, and by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the Organisation. The U.N. also launched the official webpage of the celebration. This international action will draw attention, throughout 2014, to the specificities of these States and the importance of garnering global support for the challenges they must address.
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