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Front-line Cities and Islands

Welcome to Front-Line Cities and Islands!

Frontline-cropped 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.

Next steps:

  • 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:

Kate Brown
Executive Director
Global Island Partnership
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Steve Gawler
Regional Director
ICLEI Oceania
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The voyage to a resilient and sustainable future is not one that is taken alone, but by a movement of cities, states, islands and countries working together to shape the future we want.”

H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., President of Palau and Leader of the Global Island Partnership