|Community Vilaj at BPoA +10, Mauritius|
6 - 14 January 2005
UNDP is a proud partner to the Community Vilaj, an innovative showcase for community sustainable development successes at the Barbados Plan of Action+10 meeting in Mauritius. Held at the Freeport Exhibition Centre in Port Louis from 6-14 January 2005, the Community Vilaj incorporated three dynamic components intended to advance local sustainable development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). These components are: The Community Vilaj Dialogue Space, The Institute@SIDS, and The Island Resilience Technologies Fair.
Complete coverage of activities that took place in the Community Vilaj can be found on this site. Daily Journals and Photo Diaries present grassroots photos and stories from this global gathering and capture some of the remarkable local experiences shared in the Vilaj. Please explore this section to see how local action is charting a more sustainable future for SIDS and to read outputs from the dialogues and deliberations. Local Voices, Global Impact
The Community Vilaj at SIDS Mauritius 2005 incorporated an innovative dialogue space designed to recognize and support the vital role of local voices in sustainable development. The Community Vilaj Dialogue Space served as a home-base for community representatives attending this critical international meeting, present cutting-edge discussions and dialogue, and showcase concrete examples of local efforts to achieve sustainable development and livelihoods in SIDS.
Community Led and Focused Dialogue
Participants from community-based initiatives formed the core participants in, and constituency for, the Community Vilaj Dialogue Space. These community participants represent sustainable development initiatives from around the world, including recipients of UNDP's Equator Prize. This core group acted as the overall host/organizing body for activities at the Vilaj, supported by a small group of facilitators. Events at, and outcomes from, the Community Vilaj Dialogue Space reflected the needs, and respond to the concerns, of local communities in SIDS.
The Community Vilaj Dialogue Space addressed issues critical to the mobilization and scaling up of local sustainable development initiatives in Small Island Developing States. Foci included the role of communities in reducing poverty, mitigating vulnerabilities, preventing disasters, and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Community representatives had the opportunity to examine these topics in depth, while engaging with each other and the full range of meeting delegates on a host of other issues of relevance to local and community actors in SIDS.