November 2018 I SIDSletter #21

The Knowledge to Act  

The SIDSletter is a monthly publication of the Centre of Excellence (COE) for the Sustainable Development of SIDSa UNDP initiative based in Aruba. The COE aims to collect, connect and collaborate with stakeholders from SIDS from around the world to catalyze innovation, resilience and sustainable development.

There is no shortage of knowledge sharing in the world of development. Too often, however, the knowledge is not applicable to different contexts and therefore not actionable. Time and again we - at the COE - are reminded that the most desired knowledge is practical and broadly applicable: so-called 'how-to' knowledge. Policy-makers in SIDS ask themselves: What have others done to address this challenge? What went well, what didn't and what can we learn?

Needless to say, we try to focus on this 'how-to' knowledge, through case studies, events, courses, our online platform or toolkits; a focus on knowledge to help SIDS policymakers act. An example is the recently developed online toolkit for SDG implementation, full of knowledge of how SIDS are approaching this process. And we have a few new case studies in the works, from diverse origins such as Grenada's Belmont Estate and Korea's Jeju Island. So stay tuned....

The knowledge to act calls for building strong and lasting partnerships, which was a central theme at the inter-regional Mid-Term Review of the SAMOA Pathway, the Samoa Partnership Dialogue, and other related side-events by stakeholders that took place in Apia, Samoa, from 29 October – 1 November, 2018. 

As the COE celebrates its 2nd anniversary, we will continue our focus on getting SIDS the knowledge to act. In this regard, two upcoming events that we are co-organizing and are worth noting are with IRENA on "Resilience through Energy" and with CDEMA on "Climate Security in the Caribbean". Do reach out to us for any questions.

Enjoy this latest SIDSletter.

Best wishes,

Oranjestad, Aruba

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  Let's Collaborate... that together we can support islands in becoming more sustainable and resilient.
A Collaboration on Island Studies  

CALL FOR PAPERS by UNESCO Co-Chair holders of "Island Studies and Sustainability”
University of Prince Edward Island and the University of Malta
in collaboration with University of Aruba and the Aruba Centre of Excellence for SIDS
Deadline for abstracts
23rd November 2018
(full paper can be finalized at later date)

 Let's Connect... that we don't miss opportunities to meet, discuss, and explore sustainable solutions for a more resilient future.

"Tourism supporting Biodiversity: the case of Island States" Convention on Biological diversity COP14 Side-event I Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt I 22 November, 2018
Tourism is the economic sector contributing most directly and significantly to the establishment and management of protected areas globally, thereby contributing to Aichi Targets 11 and 20. This workshop will allow SIDS GLISPA member states and tourism professionals to showcase leading examples of positive contributions, and discuss ways and incentives for these experiences to be replicated by other Parties and players.

CALL FOR PAPERS "Sharing Stories of Island Life, Governance and Global Engagement" I Oranjestad, Aruba I DEADLINE 23rd November, 2018
“The 1st International Conference on Small Island States (SIS) and Subnational Island Jurisdictions (SNIJs) Governance". The University of Prince Edward Island and University of Malta whom hold the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability are collaborating with the University of Aruba and the COE to deliver a conference on island governance on Aruba on 26 - 29 March of 2019. How do the institutional structures on Small Island States and Territories assist or limit the ability to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

"Resilience through Energy" IRENA workshop I  Oranjestad, Aruba  I  28 - 30 November, 2018
The  workshop  aims  to  identify  factors  and  strategies  to  increase  renewable  energy  penetration  in  SIDS.    The  event  will  target  senior  officers  from  energy  ministries  and  public  utilities  in  the  region  who  are  responsible  for  planning  and  strategy  of  the  energy  sector.    The  overall  goal  will  be  to  discuss  how  to  improve  the  financial  and  policy  frameworks  as  well  as  how  to  strengthen  the  local  capacities.  In  addition,  the  meeting  will  examine  the  role  that  renewable  energy  can  play  in  assisting  countries  in  achieving  NDCs  targets  and  the  nexus  between  renewable  energy  and  food,  water,  and  health.   
Read more on IRENA & Islands...

CALL FOR PAPERS "Knowledge Islands"  I  Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain  I  20-22 November, 2018
The 11th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS-2018) will be held in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Tenerife is the largest and most populated island of the seven Canary Islands. The island receives about five million tourists annually, and it is one of the most important tourist destinations in Spain and the world. Tenerife has been investing on knowledge economy for quite some time and the summit will help strengthening its knowledge island endeavour and strategies. The Summit aims to contribute to the discussion on the importance and trends of knowledge-based development theory and practice.

FELLOWSHIP AOSIS  I  New York, USA  I  7 December, 2018
A major challenge for AOSIS members in the UNFCCC process is finding the resources necessary to allow for representatives to engage in substantive training focused on the complex climate negotiations. This reality puts AOSIS members at a potential disadvantage in the negotiations, and prevents valuable experience from being transferred from the international arena to domestic government work, and vice versa. To address this challenge and to build lasting capacity in AOSIS member governments, the AOSIS Climate Change Fellowship Program was established. The Fellowship Program will begin in New York in February 2019.

"Climate Security in the Caribbean" by CDEMA I  Oranjestad, Aruba  I  13 December, 2018
The regional planetary security initiative  is  proposed  to  be  convened  in Aruba  as  a  one-day  event  during  December  13,  2018. Organized by CDEMA in collaboration with the Aruba COE. The  theme  of  the  Conference  will  be  Climate  and  Security  in  the  Caribbean  Region:  A  Roadmap  to  Resilience and  it will  bring  together technical  experts,  practitioners  and policymakers  from  across  the  English,  Dutch,  French  and  Spanish  speaking  in  the  areas  of climate  change, disaster  risk  management  and  security.    The  Conference  will  provide  a  space  for  reflection on  the  key  issues  related  to  climate  and  security.
Read more... 

COP24  I  Katowice, Poland  I  3-14 December, 2018
COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC is a “Rio Convention”, one of three adopted at the “Rio Earth Summit” in 1992. The UNFCCC entered into force on 21 March 1994. Today, it has near-universal membership. In the course of the 2018 Climate Summit Poland would like to demonstrate how neutrality in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, i.e. a balance between CO2 emissions and its sequestration by soils and forests, can be attained. 

 Let's Collect...

... so that we do not reinvent the wheel or repeat mistakes, but rather build and improve on the best practices of others.
Do check out the SIDSxSDGs Toolkit that aims to help SIDS policy-makers with practical information on SDG implementation in an island context. 

Search by Phase, Goal, SIDS or Type of Resource. 


SDG Implementation Corner

The COE closely follows the SDG Aruba team to capture lessons and insights from their SDG implementation journey that can benefit other SIDS. In this corner they provide a monthly update as well as other related news relevant to SIDS.

The SDG implementation process in Aruba continues...

It was a busy last month for The Aruba National SDG Commission, whom visited with a delegation the island of Jamaica to elaborate and share on SDG implementation efforts as well as the Samoa Pathway review held in the Pacific island of Samoa. The COE will be sharing a short webinar on these visits and key take-ways received with its community. Stay tuned...

For more information, please check the website,
email them at and
follow them on 
Facebook@SDGAruba & Twitter@SDGAruba

 Also good to know...
Jamaica Youth Solar Challenge #SDG7
by Solar Heads of State

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