Women Major Group SIDS Cluster: Working toward the 3rd UN Global Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1-4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa.

Women Major Group SIDS cluster members in Samoa:

IMOGEN INGRAM, Cook islands (To 31 August only)
ENDER RENCE, Solomon Islands

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Our key activities in Apia from 28 August – 4 September (To be updated):
Pre-Conference activities (27-31 August)
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 67/558, a number of pre-Conference activities will take place in select locations around Apia from 28-31 August 2014. Participation in all of these activities is open to all types of stakeholders in sustainable development, including representatives from entities that are not accredited to the United Nations, subject to prior registration.

The following activities are scheduled as follows, with WMG strong/on steering committees in the Youth and MG&OS Forums, and some limited presence across the others, with allies.
Indigenous Peoples Workshop on Traditional Knowledge
Wednesday, 27 August to Friday, 29 August

Youth Forum

Thursday, 28 August 2014
To’oa Salamasina Hall, Sogi, Apia, Samoa
WMG: PYC Coordinator is assisting in organisation, and PYC Executive Committee members present in numbers. Also Viva Tatawaqa of DIVA for Equality, other youth allies.

 Major Groups and other Stakeholders Forum

Thursday, 28 (evening) and Friday, 29 August 2014
Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (TATTE) Convention Center, Apia, Samoa
WMG: Noelene Nabulivou, DIVA for Equality, DAWN, WMG – Chair of the Outcome Statement Drafting Committee; All WMG are registered to attend;

Private Sector Forum:
30 -31 August 2014
Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Conference Centre, Apia, Samoa

Renewable Energy Forum
Saturday, 30 and Sunday, 31 August 2014
To’oa Salamasina Hall, Ministry of Women, Community, and Social Development


1. Opening plenary meeting of the Conference

The Conference will formally open at 10 a.m. on Monday, 1 September in the Upolu Plenary Hall to consider all procedural and organizational matters, including the election of the President of the Conference, the adoption of the rules of procedure and the agenda, the election of officers, the establishment of a Main Committee, the appointment of the members of the Credentials Committee, arrangements for the preparation of the report of the Conference and other matters.
At the opening, one representative will make a statement on behalf of the nine major groups sectors. Seating will be specifically assigned for major groups representatives in the Upolu Plenary Hall.

2. General debate

Upon conclusion of the opening plenary meeting, a general debate will be held in the Upolu Plenary Hall from Monday, 1 September to Thursday, 4 September. The list of speakers for the general debate will be established in accordance with the customary protocol that ensures that Heads of States or Government speak first, followed by other heads of delegation, including the European Union, followed by representatives from non-governmental organizations and other major groups (pursuant to rule 65 of the provisional rules of procedure). Major groups wishing to inscribe on the list of speakers are requested to contact the relevant coordinator from the Conference secretariat indicating the name and the affiliation of the speaker (please send to Mr. Beppe Lovoi, lovoi@un.org). Statements should not exceed five minutes. The list of speakers will be announced in the daily UN Journal for the Conference.

3. Multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues

In addition to the discussions in the plenary and in any subsidiary bodies that may be established, the Conference will include six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues. These six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues will be open to all registered Conference participants and provide an opportunity for recognizing successful partnerships and initiatives, launching innovative and concrete new partnerships, and interactive discussions on key priorities of SIDS.

The President of the Conference will appoint Chairs of the partnership dialogues. There will be no inscribed list of speakers. Instead, the Chairs will organize speaking slots starting with Heads of State or Government or those at the ministerial level, followed by those announcing partnerships and high-level representatives of other stakeholders, including representatives of observers, associate members of the regional commissions, entities of the UN system, other accredited intergovernmental organizations and major groups. The dialogues will aim to achieve a balance among speakers from all these different types of stakeholders.

Intention to participate in the six partnerships dialogues should be communicated to the Conference secretariat in advance (Mr. Beppe Lovoi, lovoi@un.org). Interventions should not exceed three minutes. Concept notes on the multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues will be made available on the Conference website.

These dialogues will be held in the Savaii Partnerships Hall in parallel with the general debate, as follows:

· Monday, 1 September 2014: from 3 to 6 p.m. on “Sustainable economic development”;

· Tuesday, 2 September 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on “Climate change and disaster risk
WMG: PPGCCSD reps will likely provide a 3min intervention from the floor. Decision on speaker by onsite group

· Tuesday, 2 September 2014, from 3 to 6 p.m. on “Social development in Small Island Developing States, health and non-communicable diseases, youth and women”;
WMG: Noelene Nabulivou is keynote speaker/5min intervention

· Wednesday, 3 September 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on “Sustainable energy”;

· Wednesday, 3 September 2014, from 3 to 6 p.m. on “Oceans, seas and biodiversity”;

-Thursday, 4 September 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on “Water and sanitation, food !security, and waste management”.

Note: WMG: PPGCCSD reps will also likely provide other 3min interventions from the floor. Decided by onsite group.

4. Side events
Side events sponsored by Governments, NGOs and other major groups, and UN system and other intergovernmental organizations will be coordinated by the Conference secretariat from 1 to 4 September inside the Faleata Sports Complex, and are open to anyone in possession of a valid Conference pass. A preliminary programme of side events is available on the Conference website. Queries regarding on-site side events should be addressed to the Conference secretariat (Ms. Isabelle McKusick, mckusick@un.org).
WMG: Our main Side event is one organised by UNWomen, co-convened with DIVA for Equality, DAWN and the WMG. This is a high level event focused on Beijing+20, open to all conference participants and expected to attract significant participation and audience. More information to be shared very shortly.

A full programme of Side events is provided on the Conference website. WMG will determine our group coverage of prioritised events, onsite.

5. Parallel events (off-site)

Other events related to the Conference will take place from 1 to 4 September outside the Conference venue, including at the Faleata Golf Course. The parallel events will be coordinated and managed by the Government of Samoa in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A preliminary programme of parallel events is available on the Conference website. Queries regarding off-site side events should be addressed to noumea.simi@mof.gov.ws.

Priority parallel and bilateral sessions so far include:

Closed GE and WHR Caucus meeting, Hosted by WMG. 30 August, 10am-12pm, Venue, TBC.

-Closed luncheon, Invite only: WMG and invited CSOs with the Executive Director of UNWomen, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka;

-Closed breakfast meeting, Invite only: UK hosted breakfast on Gender Equality and Sustainable Development in SIDS

WMG, Other: A number of other bilateral, closed meetings have also been organised with Heads of delegations, delegations, UN agencies and States, and more to be organised onsite.

6. Media, Social Media, Other

-Articles and interviews by WMG SIDS prior and onsite;

-1 radio interview already by Imogen Ingram (More info coming);

-Outreach magazine articles to be written by Imogen, Viva, Ender, and others as able.

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