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About the Island Policy Lab

The IPL is passionately committed to finding solutions to the unique challenges faced by island nations, territories and other small island jurisdictions stemming from social, economic, environmental and natural resource factors.  The IPL is a partnership between the Small Island Developing States Unit of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) formed to address island specific development issues in alignment with the goals and aspiration of the SAMOA Pathway, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the UNFCCC Climate Accords and other multilateral agreements.  Starting in 2020, the IPL serves as the official Secretariat of the UN Universities Consortium of Small Island States.

Mission of the IPL

The mission of the IPL is to provide policymakers, corporate public and private leaders and the general public with data-driven and high quality analysis on sustainability issues in islands.  The IPL also provides a shared, open knowledge sharing and transfer platform to strengthen SIDS universities capacity and SIDS government policy interventions. It aims to bring the power of academic rigor to generate innovative and applied policy-based solutions to islands’ problems. 

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Webinar - Watch our last webinar on "Sustainable Energy Policy for Recovery of Island Economies"

Our webinar on “Sustainable Energy Policy for Recovery of Island Economies” held on November 12th is available.  Click on the link below to watch.

Webinar - Island Policy Lab director presenting at the 2020 AAAS Annual Conference

IPL Director Dr Kalim Shah will be talking at the 2020 AAAS Annual Meeting – Caribbean Division on Oct 23-24.  Register to attend.

In the News - Island Policy Lab's last webinar success has been reported on Newswise

Our last webinar on “Technology & Innovation Policy for Island Sustainability” has been reported on Newswise.  Click on the link to read the press article.

Webinar - Watch our webinar on "Technology & Innovation Policy for Island Sustainability"

Our webinar on “Technology & Innovation Policy for Island Sustainability” held on Sept 10th is now available on  YouTube.  Follow the link below.

Podcast - Island Policy Lab's Director talks about effective policymaking

IPL Director Dr Kalim Shah discussed effective environmental policymaking for the Caribbean in a new podcast with CESaRE Voices.

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Webinar – Technology & Innovation Policy for Island Sustainability

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Our Mission

The Island Policy Lab aims to finding solutions to the unique challenges faced by island nations.  We conduct research and run educational programs in a number of island nations.

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Biden School of Public Policy & Administration, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, U.S Email: islandpolicylab@udel.edu