UNDP Rising Up for SIDS Progress Report

Rowely Parico • 27 July 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the vulnerabilities of small island developing States (SIDS), with socioeconomic shocks expected to persist beyond the health crisis. Yet Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are also catalysts of transformation, rising up to realize their strong promise and seize the opportunities that lie ahead. Through ambitious action, SIDS can build back better, greener, and bluer.

To support SIDS achieve long-term recovery and sustainable development in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNDP has developed Rising Up for SIDS, its corporate service offer. The offer responds to the ambitions and demands SIDS expressed during the 2019 midterm review of the S.A.M.O.A. Pathway. It includes measures strengthening UNDP’s programmatic engagement, increasing our ability to respond to urgent challenges and enhancing organizational agility.

This progress report reflects the achievements and expertise of UNDP’s extensive country presence in SIDS. It showcases UNDP’s work and results since the launch of the global integrated service offer and highlights valuable and transformative development opportunities that arise from the specific context of SIDS. The three interconnected pillars of Climate Action, Blue Economy and Digital Transformation make up the three drivers identified as accelerators of transformative and sustainable development in SIDS, grounded in a foundation of equitable, innovative, and accessible financial solutions.