Welcome to Front-Line Cities and Islands!
Photo: Centre President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. of Palau with Mayor Perla Cecilia Tun Pech of Cozumel. Centre Left to Right: Assistant Minister Lorna Eden of Fiji, UN Special Envoy on Oceans Peter Thompson, Steve Gawler and Yunus Arikan of ICLEI. Centre right to Right: Councillor Penny Hulse of Auckland Council, BMZ Franz Marré and the Mayor of Honiara Andrew Mua united in climate and resilience action and solutions.
What is Front-Line?
Front-line cities and islands is a movement of mayors and leaders of island economies at the front-line of climate change impacts. Mayors and resilience leaders will work together to champion local action in urban areas to deliver scalable, integrated solutions to rapidly build resilience - on islands and globally. Please see more details in the Front-line concept note here.
Who are the partners?
Front-Line is being championed by two global partnerships -- ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability and the Global Island Partnership -- to build resilience and sustainable development. It has been launched by Fiji with the Leaders of the Global Island Partnership (the Presidents of Palau, Marshall Islands and Seychelles with the Prime Minister of Grenada and Premier of British Virgin Islands) alongside mayors and island leaders from the ICLEI network (Mayors of Nadi, Suva and Lautoka (Fiji), Cozumel (Mexico), Honiara (Solomon Islands) and Castries (St Lucia).
What is needed now to turn Concept into Action?
Front-Line Cities and Islands was launched at the Climate Conference COP23 in Bonn, November 2017. It has been strongly endorsed by Fiji as COP Secretariat and has attracted many expressions of interest from potential partners.
Invite island cities to establish twinning relationships with other cities/regions to build a network of coastal municipalities;
Determine priority issues for resilience-building; and
Develop joint work programs, share solutions and developing funding sources and innovative financing mechanisms.
How can you participate?
Front-Line is committed to accelerating island resilience action without delay. We encourage you to consider how you can participate and to contact us to discuss. There are 3 ways to participate in Front-Line:
Island cities are invited to register interest in establishing a twinning relationship with another city/region;
Funders/donors/sponsors are invited to explore how Front-Line can progress your objectives in small islands and how you can provide funding support for island twinning activity and for coordination and advocacy; and
Program partners are invited to explore how Front-Line is aligned with your program objectives and how your programs could be delivered through the Front-Line network and coalition.
To discuss your interest in participating in Front-Line please contact:
Global Island Partnership