Assistant Director General, Coordinator for Environment and Science at the Italian Development Cooperation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Italian Development Cooperation
Founding supporter and host of GLISPA’s first 2007 Strategy Meeting, Rome
Grammenos is a diplomat, professor and writer – with 8 books, numerous articles, and other texts published by official organizations - focusing for the last 20 years on societal, geo-strategic and economic impacts of environmental degradation. Grammenos sits on multiple boards and committees including Chair of the Mountain Partnership which collaborates with GLISPA.
1. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?
Immediate interests might not be projected by Italy on the islands community at large, but we believe that a partnership of goals springing out of diversity is the way forward for a peaceful future for mankind as a whole. In this light, joining GLISPA as a path-finding experience came natural. All the more because Italy has been historically promoting partnerships as a primary dimension of its foreign policy: partnership has proven the way to build a peaceful and cooperative European continent and the idea itself of a European Union was born in Italy in the 19th century, just as much as partnerships represent the most promising potential for the Mediterranean region.
2. What is the main goal you want to advance through the Global Island Partnership?
Partnership in our understanding is about “leaving no one behind”, as the 2030 Agenda now implies. In tackling the emerging environmental challenges, we are focusing on building leagues of common interests and shared solutions with some communities where fragile ecosystems overlap fragile societies: islands, but also mountains, forests and drylands, with each one of these making up part of the Italian territory. These ecosystems are the first victims but lowest contributors to climate change and other environmental degradation dynamics: if our engagement did not go first towards those, our action in areas where indeed there is a tangible interest would lose part of its spirit and legitimacy. We are proud to be founding members of GLISPA!