The United Nations Development Programme works with Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to advance their national development priorities, respond to diverse challenges, and capitalize on emerging opportunities, including a strong presence with a network of 6 multi- country offices and 15 stand-alone country offices that reach 50 SIDS. UNDP has responded to the needs of SIDS in several ways through key pillars that can kickstart green and blue recovery and accelerate sustainable development.
UNDP’s integrated SIDS Offer Rising Up for SIDS articulates a clear strategy to respond to their most pressing needs as well as bring forth innovative solutions to the complex developmental challenges they face for a better future for people and planet. The SIDS Offer acts as a vehicle for recovery to enhance support in climate action, blue economy and digital transformation, with innovative development finance as an enabling cross-cutting area.
In the context of the sunset of the SAMOA Pathway and the establishment of a new pathway for the next decade of development in SIDS in 2024, this report analyses recent progress and development priorities in SIDS for the coming years, offering cross-cutting recommendations informed by a survey distributed to UNDP country and multi-country offices (CO/MCOs) with responses covering 41 SIDS across three geographical regions: the Caribbean, the Pacific, and the Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Sea. The survey explored national and regional progress and priorities across the pillars of development in SIDS, with special consideration for the context of recovery from the socioeconomic challenges triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and the multidimensional crises caused by global climate change.