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Eye on Island Issues - Development Stories and SIDS4

22 Mai 2024|Évènement

Media Webinar in the Leadup to the Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States


Eye on Island Issues, A webinar for Caribbean Journalists and Media
Eye on Island Issues


The 4th International SIDS Conference is scheduled for May 27 -30. It is a once-in-a-decade conference that brings together the islands of the world, development partners and island decision-makers to decide on how to work on solving the development challenges of islands. Many times, media from islands are under resourced and underequipped to focus on important development stories. Journalists may not have specialist knowledge of the development challenges and opportunities and therefore, cannot bring them to the public’s attention.

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC Caribbean) and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) have prepared a campaign to highlight #SIDSStories: Imagine a World Without Islands. SIDS find themselves in the throes of multiple crises, from the devastating climate crisis, and escalating debt, to the consequences of their small size and economies, remoteness and limited access to finance. The campaign educates on key SIDS concepts and highlights the oversized impact that islands and island people have on the world stage. “Imagine a World Without Islands” campaign Hands Megaphone to Island People Ahead of SIDS4 Conference | CEPAL


  1. To raise awareness of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the fact that they face existential challenges
  2. To raise awareness among Caribbean journalists about the upcoming SIDS4 Conference in Antigua and Barbuda
  3. To reinforce the importance of telling stories of Caribbean development, challenges and opportunities to the world, from our own perspective
  4. Give media the opportunity to attend the event and get a SIDS development story out of the webinar



  Keynote Speaker SIDS Challenges SIDS4 Preview Q&A Following Negotiations Covering UN Conferences Resources and Feedback Q&A
Presenter Profile & Task High profile speaker; press opportunity – the place of SIDS in multilateralism and the United Nations Understanding SIDS’ vulnerabilities and the challenges they face Expected outcomes at SIDS4
Preview of the Antigua and Barbuda Agenda for SIDS ABAS… and how it was agreed upon
  Experienced SIDS negotiator provides insight into the negotiation process and SIDS’ challenges Covering multilateral negotiations and UN Conferences, journalists’ perspective Useful resources for coverage  
ECLAC Events at SIDS4 President of the UN General Assembly – Dennis Francis (video message) Director, ECLAC Caribbean – Diane Quarless UN DESA/OHRLLS   Tumasie Blair – Negotiator and Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the UN Ryan Bachoo – journalist, T&T
Deandre Williamson, journalist, Bahamas
Time 5mins 10mins 10mins 10m 10mins 15 mins 15 mins 10m