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.



Towards Effective Partnerships for the Development of Small Island States

Seminal UN Conferences over the past two decades have shown that a strong consensus has emerged globally about the special circumstances of small island developing states (SIDS). The conferences on Environment and Development (Brazil, 1992), Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (Barbados, 1994) and its follow-up meeting in Mauritius (2005), as well as the Commonwealth Secretariat/World Bank Joint Task Force on Small States (2000) agreed that these circumstances are rooted in their economic, social and environmental vulnerability including...


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