Published on August 1, 2023

Digitally empowering Small Island Developing States (SIDS) across the Pacific Islands

The UN team in Micronesia has launched a new joint programme to digitally empower Small Island Developing States (SIDS) across the Pacific Islands, and accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, in collaboration with the national governments. Financed through a USD 3.8 million grant by the UN Joint SDG Fund, the new programme serves as a platform to pool resources, expertise, and networks to provide better access to digital services, spur economic activities and strengthen climate change resilience, amongst other objectives. The programme brings together seven participating UN Organizations led by ITU, including FAO, ILO, UNOPS, UNESCO, UNICEF, and UNODC, under the overall leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator Multi-Country Office Micronesia Jaap van Hierden, who said: "Through this Joint Programme, we are not only leveraging the potential of technology but also nurturing resilience and empowering communities in the Pacific”.