Challenges faced by small island states are "challenges for world"

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The reflection of a tree in the wetlands of Tasitolu lake. UN Photo/Martine Perret

The challenges faced by small island developing states are also challenges for the rest of the world, according to a senior UN development official.

The so-called SIDS group face a wide range of issues including their remoteness, lack of resources, poor infrastructure and susceptibility to climate change and natural disasters.

UN Member States are meeting in New York this week ahead of the third United Nations global conference on SIDS which gets underway on 1st September on the Pacific island of Samoa.

The conference will focus on ways the international community can contribute to the sustainable development of the islands.

Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs says the world is committed to helping small island nations.

“The international community is willing to come together on issues faced by SIDS, because these issues are a threat not only to them but to all of us."  (11″)

The UN has designated as SIDS over 50 nations and territories largely in the Pacific and Caribbean but also in the Indian Ocean.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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