Intent to Contribute to the Barbados +10 - United Nations International Meeting in Mauritius  
  Continuously Promote Scientific Research, Policy analysis and advocacy for Small Island Developing States  
The International Research Foundation for Development (IRFD) is pleased to present our intent to contribute to the Barbados +10 - United Nations International Meeting on Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States by launching the World Forum on Small Island Developing States: Challenges, Prospects and International Cooperation for Sustainable Development.
The objectives are to continuously Mobilize the Scientific Community to engage in research, policy analysis, and design programs of action to solve major problems faced by small island developing states; and Raise Global Public Awareness on issues of small island developing states through research, education, and dissemination of new knowledge.
  This World Forum will consist of the following three components:  
  Mauritius Conference 2005 , January 10th & 11th, 2005 at the University of Mauritius. This event is organized by IRFD in partnership with the University of Mauritius.  
In partnership with:
Virtual Conference to be hosted on this website beginning November 15th, 2004 and continuing until March 1st, 2005. Registration is open.
Parallel Event meeting to be held in Port Louis, Mauritius during the United Nations International Meeting - January 10-14, 2005.
IRFD operates within the framework of consultative status granted by the ECOSOC as specified in the UN Charter 71.
(see ECOSOC resolution 1996/31)