a best practice partnership by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
a success factor in preparations for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)
The Partnership is a low cost and effective model for catalyzing action on island conservation and sustainable livelihoods. The Global Island Partnership is open to any entity committed to taking significant action to ensure island conservation and sustainable livelihoods. We invite you to participate .
At the 18th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in 2010, the Partnership was recognized as a best practice model among the 358 partnerships registered by the United Nations. This was based on: the commitments made through the Partnership; on-the-ground results; level of involvement of the partners; and strong governance structure.
The Partnership functions through a strongly engaged Steering Committee, dedicated voluntary working groups and a small coordination unit based in the United States with the following roles:
The steering committee, co-chaired by the Presidents of Palau and Seychelles, provides strategic focus, leadership and champions the Partnership. The steering committee’s goal is to establish and maintain a flexible and efficient Partnership responsive to its partners’ needs and aspiration. Steering committee members have made significant commitments towards the implementation of the Partnership. The Committee meets annually in Washington DC to set priorities for the Partnership and assess its progress/performance. You can review the GLISPA steering committee membership here.
The Partnership functions through working groups focused on identified priorities as well as the overall functioning of the partnership itself. Working groups have been formed focused on ecosystem-based adaptation, invasive species, communications and outreach, commitments, development dialogue, green economy and fundraising. These working groups consist of self-identified working group leads and members from the Partnerships participant organizations and countries who work on agreed objectives to advance priority issues. To get involved in a working group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Partnership is currently staffed by the Partnership Coordinator housed by IUCN in Washington DC and a part-time Islands Communications Manager located and supported by PCI-Media Impact in New York City. Consultants are employed as needed on specific issues. All other roles played within the partnership are through the voluntary contribution of the Partnerships participants. You can review the GLISPA Coordination Team profiles here.
The Partnership Coordination Team is often supported by the invaluable support of interns and other volunteers as part of the GLISPA Fellows Program. GLISPA Fellows have been engaged in exciting and diverse roles from supporting development of campaigns around islands in the green economy to hosting high level events and communications.
The Partnership would like to recognize the invaluable contributions of the GLISPA Fellows: Barbara Bendandi, Libby Murphy, Molly Powers, Rebecca Richardson, Jenta Russell and Angela Stevens, all of whom have provided significant voluntary support to coordination, communications and fundraising.