Supporting SIDS in the management of social transformations and the promotion of social inclusion and social justice

Priority 3 

The SAMOA Pathway identifies the continuing challenges that SIDS face in achieving sustainable development. Their unique geographical, biological and historical legacies, as well as their social and economic characteristics, including their limited size, high levels of population displacement, vulnerability to natural and human-made disasters and high exposure to economic fluctuations and geopolitical circumstances results in severe capacity and resource constraints to implement national development goals.

Providing support for the collective action of young people, women, civil society and vulnerable groups are critical to the attainment of productive and healthy livelihood outcomes for SIDS communities. Promoting social justice, empowerment and strengthening the capacity of all segments of society in SIDS to increase their level of participation in developing and implementing national social and other related policies is, thus, crucial in achieving sustainability and improved quality of life of SIDS communities.

Four priority areas in the social sciences are particularly relevant to address sustainable development in SIDS:

  1. Mobilizing knowledge;
  2. Youth;
  3. Ethically-informed policies;
  4. Intercultural dialogue.
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