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4th International Conference on SIDS 27-30 MAY, 2024 - ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Special Events

4th International Conference on SIDS

As proposed by the host government (Antigua and Barbuda) of the SIDS4 Conference, several informal high-level special events will be organized in connection with the Conference, to create a platform for in depth and broader discussion on how to chart the course toward resilient prosperity in Small Island Developing States.


SIDS Children and Youth Action SummitYouth summit logo

Date: 24-26 May 2024

Location: St. John, Antigua and Barbuda

Organizers: UNICEF, The Government of Antigua & Barbuda, Ashley Lashley Foundation

Convened under the theme “Small Islands, Big Dreams: Youth for SIDS Resilience”, the SIDS Children and Youth Action Summit is a high-level event bringing together child and youth delegates from SIDS and representatives from other countries, along with UN agencies, civil society organizations, and various stakeholders, to address the unique and complex challenges faced by SIDS, such as climate change, poverty and digital transformation, along with other contemporary political and social issues. It will provide an essential opportunity for SIDS youth to share their perspectives on an intersection of social and environmental issues and their impacts, as well as to present new ideas, solutions and recommendations for and commit to a course of action.

The programme of the Summit will consist of practical and engaging master classes, discussions, project-formulation, and fundraising.

For more information, please refer to the Concept Note

SIDS Gender Equality Forum

Date: 26 May 2024

Location: St. John, Antigua and Barbuda

Organizer: UN WOMEN

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) face unique vulnerabilities that significantly challenge the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite notable progress towards gender equality, SIDS face distinctive challenges that hinder gender equality and women’s empowerment. What is needed is a strategic, gender-responsive, human-rights based and SIDS-appropriate approach that overcomes innate obstacles and transforms vulnerabilities into tools of resilience, innovation, and equality. In May 2024, the international community will gather to review SIDS’ sustainable development progress and propose a new decade of partnerships and solutions to supercharge their path to resilient prosperity.

The one-day SIDS Gender Equality Forum is being organized prior to the SIDS4 Conference to provide a dedicated space for:

  • ENGAGING participants in an energetic ‘island hopping’ session to better get to know key SIDS actors and the roles they do/can play in gender equality;
  • EXPLORING key gender equality and SIDS themes with participants via a series of structured ‘Tours’ (panel sessions);
  • EXPOSING participants to important channels (‘waterways’) for gender equality and gender empowerment in SIDS through an exposition of products and processes, entrepreneurs and service providers.


2024 SIDS Global Business Network Forum

Date: 25-26 May 2024

Location: St. John, Antigua and Barbuda

Organizer: OHRLLS

The 2024 SIDS Global Business Network Forum at the Fourth International Conference on SIDS (SIDS4) is the premier event that bridges the international private sector and Small Island Developing States to forge partnerships for the next decade of action for SIDS.  

The Forum will be held in Antigua and Barbuda immediately before SIDS4, and will explore key themes such as community empowerment, blue-green growth, the enabling business environment, and investment opportunities. Outcomes of the Forum will feature in discussions at a dedicated private sector roundtable during SIDS4. 

Participants will have the chance to network with leaders and experts from various sectors, showcase partnerships achievements and insights and learn from best practices and success stories from around the world.  

Whether you are a business owner, an investor, a policy maker, or a researcher, you will find valuable insights and connections at the Forum.  

Learn more about the Forum and its preparatory process here

For more information, contact Ms. Eva Marie Vestergaard ( and/or Mr. Damien Sass ( 


SIDS4 Private Sector Roundtable

Date: 28 May 2024

Location: St. John, Antigua and Barbuda

Organizer: OHRLLS

The SIDS4 Private Sector Roundtable will gather leaders from the private sector, island governments and development partners for a focused discussion on partnerships for resilient island economies, and the means to ensure an active private sector engagement in the implementation of the next programme of action for SIDS. 

The Roundtable will also showcase outcomes from the SIDS Global Business Network Forum held on 25-26 May. 

The Private Sector Roundtable is being organised by the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN OHRLLS). For more information, contact Ms. Eva Marie Vestergaard ( ) and/or Mr. Damien Sass ( ). 


Civil Society and Other Stakeholders Forum

Date:29 May 2024

Location: St. John, Antigua and Barbuda

Organizer: UN DESA and Partners

In the 2014 Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action (Samoa Pathway), Member States reaffirmed the importance of engaging a broad range of stakeholders at the global, regional, subregional, national and local levels around the sustainable development of SIDS. Civil society and stakeholders bring important contributions, by holding governments accountable for their actions and by making their own contributions, including as service providers.  

The Civil Society and Other Stakeholders Forum will be held on 29 May 2024, as an informal special event in connection with the SIDS4 Conference. It will be an opportunity to rally and mobilize civil society, including indigenous peoples, women’s organizations and stakeholder groups to highlight their contributions to the sustainable development of SIDS and to share reflections, priorities and announce commitments towards the implementation of the SIDS4 outcome document. 

The meeting will be open to civil society organizations, UN Member States, UN entities, inter-governmental organizations and other stakeholders registered to attend the SIDS4 Conference.  

For questions/comments, please email: using the subject: CSO Forum