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Preparations for SIDS4: An Update from New York

Preparations for the 4th International Conference on Small Island States (SIDS), also known as SIDS4, are progressing well with the 1st Session of the Preparatory Committee (Prep Comm) concluding its first round of negotiations of the Outcome Document of the Conference, in New York, last Week (Jan 22-26, 2024).   The Prep Comm, Co-chaired by …

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Sailing through the storm: how to build up resilience on vulnerable islands

Extreme weather events are increasingly frequent and disruptive, as was – once again – evident in the first month of 2024 when islands have experienced harsh effects.   The island of Roi-Namur, in the Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (Central Pacific Ocean), faced heavy waves evidencing the dramatic impact of climate …

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Air Pollution and Health: how islands can avoid repeating the mistakes of others

Over the past few decades, the ‘Western model’ of growth, symbolised by the permeation of concrete buildings, cars and a focus on functionality has been replicated worldwide. As urbanisation and globalisation spread to islands, the issues of air pollution and its detrimental impacts on health have taken centre stage. Islands, subjected to pressures to follow …

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The role of bicycle between regeneration, sustainability, and usability of territories

The ongoing change involving all sectors can be identified and defined as ecological humanism, a period in which man gradually becomes more of an actor and less of a spectator, acquiring more awareness and responsibility towards the planet he inhabits. The principles of regeneration, usability of territories and sustainability refer to environmental, economic and socio-cultural …

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