Background

The Secretary-General, referring to the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, to be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, noted that a number of member organizations had proposed that a high-level CEB side event be organized.

Discussion

In the light of the successful event held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which had showcased the collective capacity of the United Nations system to advance integration and coherence of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, he sought the support of Board members in organizing the side event to demonstrate what the United Nations system, working together, could tangibly contribute to the sustainable development of small island developing States.

Action

The Board endorsed the proposal by the Secretary-General to hold a high-level side event during the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.