On Monday 28 September 2015, the Dutch King H.M. Willem-Alexander mentioned the SIDS fellowships, which are jointly issued by the Dutch Government and UNESCO-IHE, at a side event of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The side event was on Implementing the Samoa Pathway and SDG 14 by Small Island Developing States (SIDS) through Public-Private Partnerships.
He stressed that nearly 700 million people live in low-lying coastal areas less than 10 metres above sea level and mentioned the challenges faced by the Small Island Developing States.
“Our Kingdom is actively reaching out to countries that face challenges similar to ours. We're sharing our experience in water management with countries all around the world. And we're making top Dutch water and delta expertise available to foreign governments urgently seeking to prevent water-related disasters. A Dutch team has visited the island states of Vanuatu and Kiribati this summer to advise their governments on water issues. We're also offering scholarships and courses for SIDS at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands.”
He closed the speech by saying that together, we can restore ocean health and work towards the sustainable development of our nations and people.
Read the full speech here