August 27, 2014

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by Courtney Mattison

Yesterday, the United Nations kicked off a four-day film festival at the National University of Samoa called BLUE On Tour as a special gift to the Samoan people for hosting the upcoming Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). In partnership with the US-based BLUE Ocean Film Festival and the National University of Samoa, the UN selected a variety of films for BLUE On Tour that are sure to appeal to a diverse audience with topics surrounding ocean and climate change issues.

“We are pleased to support this unique initiative between BLUE and the National University of Samoa,” says Christian Clark, UN Spokesperson for the SIDS Conference. “Media has the power to catalyze important discussions. We hope this festival will help inspire dialogue between the Samoan people and arriving delegations, media and others attending this important meeting.”

BLUE On Tour features over a dozen films throughout the four-day global educational outreach event ending August 29 in Apia, Samoa. The selections include finalists for the film competition at this year’s BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit, which will be held in St. Petersburg, FL in early November. Deborah Kinder, Co-founder and CEO of BLUE, has been actively involved in this event:

“We are honored to support the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, and to partner with the United Nations for our films. This supports our mission to provide global educational outreach that inspires people everywhere to connect with ocean conservation, and to serve as a catalyst for discussion.”

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© BLUE Ocean Film Festival

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held during the first four days of September. Also hosted by the United Nations in Apia, Samoa, it will bring together stakeholders and experts from around the globe to discuss “the sustainable development of small island developing states through genuine and durable partnerships.” Because small island countries are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of climate change and other human-caused threats, the meeting provides a valuable opportunity for policymakers to renew their commitments to address these concerns while forming partnerships between small islands and the international community. The Conference will build upon assessments of the Barbados Program of Action and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation to identify emerging challenges and opportunities for sustainable development within the SIDS.

Green and pink reef scene. American Samoa, Swains Island. © NOAA Photo Library

Green and pink reef scene. American Samoa, Swains Island. © NOAA Photo Library

For more information regarding BLUE On Tour, click HERE. Screenings are at the National University of Samoa, Tuesday August 26 though Friday, August 29 at lunchtime (12:30 pm to 1:25 pm) in Room D-210.

*** Update: By popular demand, BLUE will re-screen all films from noon to 4 pm on Friday at the same location (room D-210) at the National University of Samoa in Apia.

Stay tuned for more on the SIDS Conference. For now, you can visit: www.sids2014.org

And for more on the BLUE Ocean Film Festival, visit: www.blueoceanfilmfestival.org

Featured image (top): Sherman’s Lagoon cartoon courtesy of Jim Toomey

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