Commonwealth Small States

Issues and Prospects

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Small states face unique challenges as they adapt to the demands of an increasingly global economy. This publication, produced with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, surveys the range of challenges facing small states, including environmental and trade issues, economic problems, the particular challenges facing small states in development, education, and governance, and the issue of regionalism. The book provides policy-makers and parliamentarians worldwide with a detailed insight into how these issues uniquely impact upon small states, and offers recommendations on how to strengthen their capacity to exploit the new opportunities and challenges arising from globalisation.



Economic Vulnerability and Resilience: Concepts and Measurements

Chapter 17 of Agenda 21, emanating from the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development, asserts that small island developing states are a special case for both environment and development, and that they face special challenges in planning and implementing sustainable development. The Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS Programme of Action), approved during the 1994 UN Global Conference held in Barbados, identified the priority areas for action to address the special challenges faced by SIDS. During the Barbados Global Conference and in many subsequent international fora on the sustainable development of SIDS, it was established that small island developing states merit special consideration in view of a number of factors, including economic vulnerability.


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