An informational publication from the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)
What are the SIDS? Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are a distinct group of developing countries facing specifi c social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities. SIDS were recognized as a special case both for their environment and development at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (3–14 June 1992). This recognition was made specifi cally in the context of Agenda 21 (Chapter 17 G).
Fifty two countries and territories are presently classiﬁ ed as SIDS by the United Nations OHRLLS. 38 are UN members and 14 are non-UN Members or Associate Members of the Regional Commissions.