Island Voices - Global Choices

The International Year of Small Island Developing States will focus the world's attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.

Over the years, SIDS have made significant advances towards sustainable island living. But faced with a future whose only certainty is change, they continue to have before them many challenges – some intrinsic and timeless, others extrinsic and new. This said, small island societies have a record of thriving in challenging times. Their long histories are characterized by innovative approaches, societal mobilization and adaptation rooted in tradition and continuity.

The challenges facing SIDS are challenges that confront us all, and they are determined to work with all countries to find solutions that will ensure a brighter future for generations to come.