Greening the UN Conference on SIDS

Fri, 29/08/14

The Government of Samoa and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) are committed to making the forthcoming Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States an exemplar of sustainable behavior.

The conference, to be held in Apia, Independent Sate of Samoa, from 1 to 4 September 2014, aims to achieve ‘the sustainable development of small-island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships’.

A number of measures are being implemented to minimize the environmental impacts and to maximize the social, economic and environmental sustainability of the conference. Environmental considerations have been factored in since day one, with sustainability guiding the design and construction of the conference premises, ensuring it’s long-term use.

The Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Meteorology is working with community organizations to provide environmentally-friendly services during the conference, including using locally-grown produce, reducing resource consumption and minimizing waste generation.

Once meeting organizers have done all they can to plan a sustainable event, it will be the turn of delegates to ensure the event meets its social, economic and environmental objectives. To this end a guidance note has been prepared advising delegates on matters such as transportation – including information about shuttle buses to help delegates get around – accommodation, dining and reducing the use of paper and other resources such as water and energy. To ensure the conference has a positive impact on the local economy delegates are also invited to make use of local businesses and to shop for local products.

A largely unavoidable source of emissions will be those generated by participants travelling to Samoa. Here delegates are urged to quantify their emissions and, where possible, offset them by financing local sustainable development projects, including afforestation and reforestation projects. In particular there is the option to plant trees at the nature reserve adjacent to the Conference venue. Alternatively attendees can support the Offset ISLANDS 2014 campaign, details of which will be provided on the conference website.

To find out more about the conference or to download a copy of the Sustainability Guide for Participants visit

To see more examples of sustainability at the conference and the Offset ISLANDS 2014 campaign, click on the links below:

Regional organic body joins the Offset ISLANDS 2014 campaign

SIDS conference aims for carbon neutral status with help from participants

SIDS conference looks to cut paper waste

Delegates attending SIDS conference told to ‘go easy’

Biofuel-powered golf carts to be used at UN SIDS conference in bid to show potential of alternative fuel

Categories: Meetings, Offsets