SIDS adopt the S.A.M.O.A. Pathway

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA: FRIDAY 05 SEPTEMBER 2014: The Small Islands Developing Sates (SIDS) have adopted by consensus the S.A.M.O.A Pathway as the outcomes of the four days of deliberations at Tuana’imato, Samoa.

“We have accepted as part of the conference outcome the summaries of the six multi –stakeholder partnership dialogue sessions,” said the conference President Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi in his closing remarks.

He said Samoa is not the final destination for responses to SIDS development challenges.

“This is an important launch point to key future stops on our journey to sustainability to employ few resources available to SIDS to improve and raise the standards of living for our communities,” said Tuilaepa.

“Much investment in genuine goodwill by SIDS and their partners went into agreeing to the S.A.M.O.A Pathway as the blueprint for SIDS sustainable development for now and the immediate future,” said Tuilaepa.

He highlighted three important meetings that will take place soon which will be vital to the S.A.M.O.A. Pathway.

These include the meetings in Ban Ki-moons Leaders Summit on climate change in three weeks time.

“This is an essential forerunner to the Lima and Paris negotiations for an ambitious climate change treaty in 2015. For SIDS to capture their position in a Paris treaty is an absolute priority,” said Tuilaepa.

The 3rd global conference on Disaster Risk reduction in Japan next March will play an “evitable shift of focus from SIDS vulnerabilities to building their resilience”.

The other meeting is the post 2015 UN development agenda framework should be under SIDS watch, said Tuilaepa.

“After today’s closure, I hope the S.A.M.O.A Pathway will not be viewed as an end in itself to be used only as a reference point until the next SIDS conference,” he said.

The S.A.M.O.A Pathway will be put into action through meaningful and solid inter-governmental process, said UN Secretary –General for the SIDS conference Mr. Wu Hongbo.

“The UN agencies and partners will look at the concerns and recommendations from the outcomes document and start implementing the resolutions,” said Mr. Wu in a press conference after the closing of the conference.

“The messages emanating from the SIDS conference has been heard loud and clear around the globe,” said Tuilaepa.

Tuilaepa hopes that SIDS members will use the S.A.M.O.A Pathway as a compass to guide their trip so they don’t bypass any important multilateral meetings.