UN launches the International Year of Small Island Developing StatesListen /
The United Nations has launched the International Year of Small Island Developing States as a way to highlight their efforts to overcome their unique development challenges.
Small Island Developing States are islands of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.
The States face difficulties in their pursuit of sustainable development because of their small size, geographic isolation, and vulnerability to sea-level rise and climate change.
John Ashe is the President of the UN General Assembly.
"This international Year and the events it will foster are an opportunity to showcase what SIDS are, how they have innovated and contributed, what they have given the world, what they have to offer and what they have to achieve in spite of their limited resources. It is also an opportunity to present a very clear picture of their current needs, challenges and risk."
2014 has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Small Island Developing States
The International Year aims to build momentum towards the Small Island Developing States 2014 International Conference.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.