As part of his participation in the annual United Nations General Assembly week, President Higgins addressed a UN event on Small Island Developing States.
In his address, the President highlighted that Small Island States are amongst those most exposed to two of the great challenges of our time: Covid-19 as well as the “existential threat that is posed by climate change”.
Given their unique environmental and developmental needs, Small Island Developing States are recognised by the UN as a special category of countries, facing unique social, economic and environmental challenges and requiring targeted measures of support.
President Higgins has taken a particular interest in this group of states, addressing a number of events and meeting with representatives of the SIDS group of nations.
- President addresses High Level Review of SAMOA Pathway (2019)
- President co-hosts, with the Prime Minister of Fiji, a reception for leaders from Small Island Developing States (2019)
- President and Sabina receive Ambassadors from Small Island Developing States (2019)
- President receives H.E Mr. Daniel Faure, President of Seychelles (2019)