Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have particular needs and specific issues in relation to sustainable development and environment that are not appropriate, or of such a high priority, to larger countries on the continental landmasses. Water resource and wastewater management and water quality are now critical issues to nearly all SIDS throughout the world. This has been recognized through various formal statements and commitments at a number of globally significant conferences and high-level international meetings including the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio de Janeiro – 1992) and a Conference of SIDS in Barbados in 1994 which adopted the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA), the Mauritius SIDS Strategy in 2005. In 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), in Johannesburg South Africa, a number of statements related to SIDS that identified priorities, and requested that global resources be targeted to address these priorities were issued.
31 Mar 2010