Image: Chris Lofqvist 2013 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0    

CVF Side Event at the 2014 UN SIDS Conference in Samoa

The Post-2015 Climate Change Regime We Need – SIDS working together with other vulnerable groups

Official CVF Side Event at the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

09:00Am – 10:30AM, TUESDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER 2014


As the 2014 UN SIDS conference in Samoa aims to promote the sustainable development of Small Islands through partnership with other countries and institutions, the CVF Side Event explores:
  • How countries vulnerable to climate change from all regions can collaborate to promote more effective global policy responses
  • How South-South and triangular cooperation can best address climate change as a primary challenge and opportunity for SIDS


Mr. William Calvo, Head of the delegation of the Republic of Costa Rica to the Third UN Conference on SIDS, Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations, New York
H.E. Mr. Mohamed Hussain Shareef, Hon. Minister at the President’s Office, Republic of the Maldives
Dr. Kendrick Leslie, Executive Director, CARICOM Climate Change Centre
Mr. Jo Scheuer, Coordinator Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Ms. Susanne Melde, Global Project Coordinator, Migration, Environment & Climate Change: Evidence for Policy, International Organization for Migration (IOM)


The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) brings together highly vulnerable countries from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific. SIDS have great stakes in the success of the global response to climate change, currently under negotiation for the post-2015 period. Many other highly affected countries are equally concerned, including developing nations from all key regions of the world.
Is there scope for vulnerable countries of any profile to work more actively together to promote shared interests in a new climate regime? What is the common ground across these diverse groups? In responding to climate change at home, can lessons also be drawn from the national policy experiences of other vulnerable groups? Given the promising rise in South-South collaboration and the increasing seriousness of environmental risks, could partnerships between small islands and other categories of affected countries provide an opportunity to better secure the sustainable development of all concerned?


Program & Background Information (pdf, 0.5mb)

Event Invitation/Flyer (pdf, 0.7mb)

Photo caption: Source – Chris Lofqvist (2013) – License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 –


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