CARICOM heads of Government will use a September 1-4 meeting in Apia, Samoa to articulate the special vulnerabilities of small island developing states to climate and other external shocks, and to push for the removal of the GDP per capita criteria as a basis for small islands to access development aid.
The conference is important to all small islands as the international community considers priorities for the UN's post-2015 development agenda, following on from the Millennium Development Goals, which were to be globally achieved by 2015.
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