Small Island Developing States Solutions Forum Set to Discuss Impacts of COVID-19, Speakers Confirmed

Children enjoy their boat ride in Nuku'alofa, capital of Tonga. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank

An virtual Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Solutions forum has been set for 30/31 August 2021.

FAO is organizing the first SIDS Solutions Forum with the aim to create a platform for knowledge
exchange and an enabling environment for these solutions to expand with catalytic impacts and investments.

The overall theme of the forum will be centered around COVID-19 impacts on the economy and how digitalization can be fostered to provide cost effective and quick solutions to
accelerate progress on resilient food systems; improve nutrition and health; and build climate resilience adaptation.

The forum aims to create a space for high-level officials and participants to discuss, share, promote and encourage home-grown digital innovations and imported solutions in the agriculture, food and nutrition sectors to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Abdulla Shahid

The President of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, has been confirmed as one of the keynote speakers during the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Solutions Forum set for 30 to 31 August 2021.

Mr. Shahid is amongst a host of high-level delegates to feature in the opening session.
Notable are the Prime Minister of Fiji, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, who will speak as the meeting’s co-host, the Administrator of UNDP, Achim Steiner; Chair of AOSIS, Dr. Walton Webson; Secretary General of ITU, Houlin Zhao and QU Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The Forum is to be convened virtually by FAO and Fiji, in partnership with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), is the first of its type.
The ultimate goal is to accelerate the achievement of the agriculture; food and nutrition related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the S.A.M.O.A Pathway priorities in SIDS that was reviewed in November 2018.
Children enjoy their boat ride in Nuku’alofa, capital of Tonga. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank