Date: 30 August to 10 September 2016
Location: Pacific Island Conference of Leaders and IUCN World Conservation Congress
Strategic Priority: Building resilient and sustainable island communities
Articles Tagged ‘Islands’
Date: 30 August to 10 September 2016
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
“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
Island Resilience Initiative
Against the backdrop of the “big four” international agreements in recent years - the SAMOA Pathway, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement on climate (COP21), and the Habitat III New Urban Agenda - implementation of resilient, sustainable and equitable development at a local level and strong partnerships are critical to achieving the international community’s shared global agenda.
Islands are on the frontline of global changes and feel the impacts very directly - from climate change and resource depletion, to urban growth, health threats and food pressures. From the densely populated urban centers of the Philippines, Taiwan and Hawai’i to the atolls and archipelagos of the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean, never before have the 600 million plus people living on islands been so at risk. Some of these islands may quite literally disappear. We need a new model centered on strong multi-sectoral partnerships if islands are to both survive and thrive.
Problems in islands are interconnected and require multi-sector solutions. For instance, poor water quality can cause health problems, discourage tourism, and contribute to the decline of coral reefs. Disappearing reefs harm fisheries and also impact tourism. Improving water quality requires investments in energy-intensive infrastructure (like water treatment plants). But energy in the islands is expensive, because it typically is produced by importing fossil fuels. Current development approaches tend to be “siloed,” though, and treat each of these problems in isolation.
To counteract these impacts, over the past decade, there has been a groundswell of island economies that have launched visionary commitments that are delivering significant progress on building resilience and sustainability. Island-led solutions such as Palau National Marine Sanctuary, the Blue Economy vision and Seychelles Debt for Adaptation Swap, the Aloha+ Challenge and the Micronesia Challenge are locally and culturally appropriate models supported by strong partnerships that are driving implementation of the SDGs and other key agreements.
Over the past ten years, the island leaders and their supporters have come together to develop specific, scaleable and replicable solutions and models that are overcoming today’s problems and catalyzing local action. These proven local to regional models can be scaled and adapted by cities, states and countries globally to locally deliver in a culturally appropriate way on the SDGs and other global agreements.
"This Initiative will support islands by helping to establish cohesive and aligned policy efforts around the globe."
H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau, President of Palau and Global Island Partnership Leader launching the Island Resilience Initiative at the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders, 30 August 2016.