Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

Global Island Partnership is featured in UN Publication on Island Partnerships 22 September 2016

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The Global Island Partnership is featured in the Partnerships For Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 2016 Report prepared by the Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS in collaboration with UNDESA on pages 17 to 20.

The Report was launched during the first annual Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue held during the 71st session of the General Assembly at a High-level Breakfast Event and highlights a select number of partnerships that are supporting implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and are reporting progress through the the SIDS Partnership Framework (http://www.sids2014.org/).

H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., President of Palau and Leader of the Global Island Partnership is quoted in the report stating, “Islands are leading innovative solutions for the necessity of our people’s and country’s survival. Strong partnerships are critical to making these solutions a reality. I call on you to join our Global Island Partnership to work together to build resilient and sustainable island communities.”

The report further highlights:

  • The progress of our Global Island Partnership over the last decade in supporting more than 30 countries to launch or strengthen major sustainable island commitments, such as the Aloha+ Challenge, Caribbean and Micronesia Challenge, as well as engaging high-level leaders to catalyze US$145 million for island action. See our Impact Dashboard (https://impact.glispa.org).
  • The efforts of the Partnership to scale island modelsthat are inspiring local leadership in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) titled the Island Resilience Initiative as well as a complementary approach to reframe risk and resilience by supporting island leaders and private sector partners to catalyze innovative investments in integrated infrastructure and natural resources management through an Island Resilience Challenge. The Island Resilience Initiative was launched by President Remengesau recently during the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders in Hawaii.

The report also features the Aloha+ Challenge, a shared statewide leadership commitment to build a more secure, sustainable and resilient future for Hawaiʻi by achieving six sustainability targets by 2030 as being on track on page 34. The Aloha+ Challenge was launched internationally during the GLISPA high level event at the UNSIDS meeting in Samoa. During the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress, Governor Ige announced the State of Hawaii membership to the Global Island Partnership to engage with GLISPA’s network to learn, share and collaborate with other islands as we work together to build resilience.