International Meeting to Review the Implementation
of the Programme of Action for the
Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

10-14 January 2005 | Port Louis, Mauritius

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Friday, 14 January

Delegates met throughout the day in plenary to hear statements by high-level representatives on the comprehensive review of the implementation of the BPOA. A High-Level Round Table on capacity building convened in the morning, and the SIDS University Consortium was launched in the afternoon. Delegates convened for the IM's closing plenary in the evening to adopt the final outcomes of the meeting. The IM was gaveled to a close at 7:50 pm.

Anwarul Chowdhury, Secretary-General of the Mauritius International Meeting
Jagdish Koonjul, Mauritius Ambassador to the UN
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Paul Raymond Bérenger, Prime Minister of Mauritius
Ovideo Manuel Barbosa Pequeno, Foreign Minister of Sao Tome and Principe with Kofi Annan

Camsek Elias Chin, Vice-President of the Republic of Palau
Joseph Urusemal, President Federated States of Micronesia
Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-Habitat

Ministerial Round Table: Building capacity in SIDS

Building capacity in SIDS, was co-chaired by Kessai Note, President of the Marshall Islands and Jacob Zuma, Deputy President of South Africa, and moderated by Leonard Good, GEF CEO and Chairman

Discussions focused on measures to support SIDS capacity-building programmes, in particular how to: create the optimum opportunities for people to realise their potential; utilize regional cooperation mechanisms; pool resources; and engage communities in implementation.

Launching the of the SIDS University Consortium
Paul Raymond Bérenger, oversees the launching the of the SIDS University Consortium

Side event: Water and Energy for Sustainable Development in SIDS
Organized by the European Commission
Alan Ganoo, Minister of Public Utilities, Mauritius
Russel Howorth, South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC)
Antonio Garcia Fragio, European Commission (left) with Louis Michel, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid

Side event: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Insurance for SIDS
Organized by UNDP
Al Binger, University of the West Indies
Abdoulie Janneh (left), Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa, UNDP with Bouna Sémou Diouf, UNDP

Side event: GEF Small Grants Programme and SIDS
Organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Delfin Ganapin (left), GEF with Frank Pinto, GEF
Richard Payendee, Wildlife Rodrigues, Rodrigues, MWF and Rodrigues, MWF work and the Barbados Program, recipient of the GEF Small Grants Programme

Swami Vivekananda conference center


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