Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Small States

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Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Small States examines measures through which small states can work together with the international community to strengthen their ability to pursue economic and social development. Due to their size and vulnerability, national practices alone would leave these countries unable to cope with the pressing challenges they face in areas such as climate change, sustainable manufacturing and renewable energy technologies.

In chapter one, development planning specialist Cletus I Springer examines the scope for effective partnerships and reviews the progress that has been made nationally, regionally and internationally. In chapter two, John L Roberts, Associate Professor at the University of Mauritius, highlights the need for new partnerships and notes new trends, such as the greater use of technology, that can be developed to address challenges more effectively.




Millennium Development Goal 8 calls for a global partnership for development. This goal sets targets around an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system, addressing the special needs of the least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states (SIDS), as well as dealing comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries. This goal recognises the importance of a global effort to achieve development and also that developing countries such as small states cannot achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) without the assistance of the additional community.


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