UN DESA Monthly Newsletter for May 2024

Monthly Newsletter: Vol 28, No. 5 – May 2024
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Small islands ready for global spotlight and accelerated action at Antigua and Barbuda conference

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face major challenges—climate change, geographic remoteness, a narrow export base—that make them vulnerable to external economic, environmental, and social shocks. But they also have innovative solutions, dynamic populations, and people ready to act.  

Expert Voices

“Forests play a pivotal role in addressing the triple planetary crisis”

Forests cover nearly one-third of all land on Earth. They sustain us in numerous ways and are critical in global efforts to address the triple planetary crisis. Ahead of the UN Forum on Forests and the 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) this month, we asked UN DESA’s Peter Gondo about the Forum, the role of forests in small islands and why we need healthy forests for our survival.

Things You Need To Know

4 opportunities for science, technology and innovation in Small Island Developing States

The challenges of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are well-known: their relatively small size, undiversified economies, distance from large markets and trade routes, as well as extreme vulnerability to external shocks. In the world of science, technology and innovation (STI), SIDS also face a number of obstacles. But these vulnerabilities have a flip side. Here are four STI-related challenges that can become opportunities for SIDS.