Small Island Developing States

Caribbean SIDS

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are even more vulnerable than other countries to challenges ranging from debt and unemployment to climate change and sea level rise.

Though all very different from each other, Caribbean SIDS share crucial challenges, which make their path towards sustainable development even more complex. Climate change, for example, hits the Caribbean Small Island Developing States hard – even though these countries haven’t historically contributed to the problem. Extreme exposure to natural disasters such as flooding, hurricanes, droughts, landslides and earthquakes place these countries at an extremely vulnerable position.

Caribbean Small Island Developing States

Fishermen in Old Harbor Bay, in St Catherine's Parish, Jamaica. Photo Carolina Azevedo/UNDP

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