ITU has mainstreamed the needs of SIDS in all its activities, programmes and projects to achieve its commitments under the
, adopted during the Third International Conference on SIDS, which was held in Apia, Samoa, in September 2014. The Samoa Pathway set out new modalities to address the challenges and particular vulnerabilities of SIDS, including in the areas of economic growth, climate change, access to ICTs, and disaster risk reduction.
As part of the concentrated assistance to SIDS, ITU is promoting universal, equitable and affordable access to ICTs for all people in both underserved rural and urban areas, in order to bridge the digital divide. ITU assists SIDS through the development of ICT policies and regulations, infrastructure and technology development, ICT applications and cybersecurity. Given the vulnerability of SIDS to climate change and disasters, ITU helps SIDS set up early-warning systems and develop national emergency telecommunication plans.