The Joint SDG Fund’s Work across Portfolios Revitalizing SIDS Economies for Accelerated and Sustainable Growth

14:00 - 15:30 GMT-4
Room 7– Antigua and Barbuda – 4th International Conference on SIDS


Recognizing the urgent need to address vulnerabilities and enhance resilience in SIDS, the UN Joint SDG Fund has played a pivotal role. Since its inception, the Fund has provided tailored policy advice and support through joint programmes across 24 UN country teams and multi-country offices in SIDS, committing a total of $62.1 million. These initiatives have spanned various thematic areas, including capacity-building, gender equality, social protection, and integrated national financing frameworks. By leveraging co-funding and collaboration with UN entities, the Fund has facilitated innovative approaches to address the specific needs and development priorities of SIDS, contributing to sustainable growth and resilience.

The session aims to showcase the tangible impact and lessons learned from the Joint SDG Fund's interventions in Small Island Developing States. By highlighting successful initiatives and best practices, the session seeks to demonstrate how targeted interventions can effectively address the unique challenges faced by SIDS in achieving sustainable development.


Opening remarks

  • Ms. Eva Granados Galiano, State Secretary for International Cooperation, Spain
  • Amb. Ignacio Ybáñez, Special Envoy for SIDS, EU


Moderator: Mr. Themba Kalua, Resident Coordinator for Samoa

  • H.E. Pennelope Beckles-Robinson, Minister of Planning and Development, Trinidad and Tobago
  • H.E. Albert Ramdin, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business and International Cooperation, Suriname
  • H.E. Pavel Isa, Minister of Economy, Planning, and Development, Dominican Republic
  • H.E. Tinee Furbert, Minister of Youth, Social Development and Seniors, Bermuda
  • Mr. Dave Munroe, Deputy Managing Director to The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB)
  • Ms. Joanna Kazana-Wisniowiecki,  Resident Coordinator for Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba
  • Mr. Dennis Zulu, Resident Coordinator for Jamaica

Closing Remarks

Ms. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
Amb. Fergal Mythen, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations 

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