UNHQ, NEW YORK, 12 JULY 2018. The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Development Forum Mr François Martel said that a shift is needed to a holistic approach where the private sector can support and engage in building resilience through community and Civil Society initiatives and grass-root projects. “I see the role of partnerships in building resilient and sustainable societies for SIDS as focusing on island community resilience and for that we need adapted solutions to be integrated into community and village planning before the cycle of climate-induced disasters becomes an existential threat.”
“Forging of new partnerships for island resilience should first and foremost be an act of solidarity towards Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and vulnerable states in the face of climate change,” he added.
Mr Martel was speaking during the 2018 Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue which took place on 12 July 2018, in the ECOSOC Chamber at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. The special event was part of the 2018 session of the High-level political forum on sustainable development held under the auspices of the ECOSOC. Read the full media release here.