Located in some of the most disaster-prone regions in the world, small island developing states (SIDS) are among the most vulnerable to natural hazards and the impacts of climate change. Eager to share best practices and lessons learned for enhancing climate and disaster resilient development, more than 60 development practitioners from 29 small island developing states (SIDS) came together in Geneva, Switzerland on May 12-13, 2019 for the Fourth Meeting of the Small Island States Resilience Initiative (SISRI) Practitioners’ Network.

The objectives of the meeting were:

1. to exchange experiences and good practices developed by small island states to make development climate and disaster resilient

2. to facilitate peer-to-peer learning to support effective design and implementation of climate and disaster resilient investments and policy interventions and; 

3. to further strengthen the community of practice between small island states’ practitioners.


The meeting covered a range of topics divided into six sessions:

  • Session 1: Decision-Making: Prioritization for scaling up activities that build resilience
  • Session 2: Financial instruments and management to scale up resilience
  • Session 3: Scaling up the climate and disaster resilience of key development sectors
  • Session 4: Prioritizing actions for scaling up resilience 
  • Session 5: Boosting implementation for resilience
  • Session 6: Leaving no one behind: Inclusive risk reduction strategies


For more information, check out the recap blog published on the World Bank Sustainable Communities blog, as well as our video interview series on the sidelines of the meeting.