Uplifting the Vulnerable – Second session of the Preparatory Committee for SIDS4

April 01, 2024 AOSIS Chair, Ambassador Fatumanava Dr. Pa’olelei Luteru Download PDF

Topic: Sustainable Development

Statement on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)

Second session of the Preparatory Committee for the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States

April 1, 2024

Distinguished co-chairs, Excellencies – good morning.

I am pleased to deliver this statement on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States. We align ourselves with the statement delivered by the distinguished representative of the Group of 77 and China.

We remain grateful to the co-Chairs of the Preparatory Committee, the Permanent Representatives of the Maldives and New Zealand for their steadfast engagement and tireless efforts throughout this process.

Collectively, we have engaged in three informal sessions on the proposed outcome document for the Fourth SIDS Conference. We have made progress on many issues in the text, but a few important areas remain. We ask that the focus of the remaining sessions be resolutely on SIDS, their particular circumstances, and specific needs. Responses ought to be targeted for a SIDS-focused and action-oriented outcome. This remains the overarching interest of AOSIS, and we trust it is a shared perspective.

The world in 2014 did not look the way it does in 2024 and we expect a vastly different world in another decade. Our immediate task today is to build a foundation for the most vulnerable among us, that will ensure that a different world will not mean a world where our countries sit on the cliff of another crisis, but instead to attain the sustainable development we clamor for.

We are now only two months away from the Fourth SIDS Conference, and one of the last opportunities to place SIDS on a sustainable pathway. The Conference agenda is designed to elicit support and action in thematic areas best suited to occasion the greatest gains – revitalize and build resilient economies, enhancing critical forms of finance, making climate finance work by scaling up climate action, leveraging data and digital technologies, and investing in human capital. These mirror the main thematic areas of the outcome document and the issues that SIDS relentlessly advocate for. They are the building blocks for the transformation SIDS seek and the international development agenda we all support.

We need an ambitious action-oriented document that is fit for SIDS purposes and leaves no SIDS community behind.

Co-chairs, we end as we began, we thank you for your support. As we approach the end of the informals and stand at the mid-way point of the preparatory committees, we also thank delegations for their expressed assurances to SIDS. We only need now to reaffirm these expressions in tangible commitments. The enthusiasm and goodwill at the start of this process needs to materialize into very practical SIDS-designed outcomes; half attempts and reiteration of agreed language from non-SIDS processes, stretching back to a different time and space, won’t suffice.

AOSIS looks forward to the next few days of this preparatory committee as we continue to chart the resilient prosperity SIDS desperately want.

Thank you.

Sub Topic: S.A.M.O.A Pathway