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New Board Co-Chair of the Global Island Partnership announced

Grammenos MastrojeniThe Global Island Partnership has announced Grammenos Mastrojeni of Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will join Ambassador Hersey Kyota of Palau as a Co-Chair of the Partnership’s Board. 

Ambassador Kyota was pleased to announce that, “the GLISPA Board heartily welcomes Grammenos into this new role. Grammenos is a passionate champion of island priorities and the Partnership and will be a great asset to moving forward our shared goals and priorities toward 2020.”

Grammenos was elected to the newly established Board Co-Chair role and will hold the position until the end of 2020. Grammenos will work together with Ambassador Kyota (Board Co-Chair) to ensure the effective functioning of the Board’s governance role of the Partnership. The dual Co-Chair role has been introduced to allow sharing of responsibilities as the Partnership continues to grow and demand increases.

“Partnership is about 'leaving no one behind,' as the 2030 Agenda now implies. In tackling the emerging environmental challenges and development uncertainties, we should focus on building leagues of common interests and shared solutions with those communities where fragile ecosystems overlap fragile societies. Islands - united in their diversity by the common challenge of climate change - managed to put the spotlight on these realities that are the first victims, but lowest contributors to environmental degradation dynamics. If our engagement did not go first towards those, our action would lose its spirit and legitimacy. Proud to be founding members of GLISPA!”

With two Chairs, one represents the GLISPA President currently held by President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. of Palau and at the Board level by Ambassador Kyota. This Chair provides strategic guidance on priorities of importance to the President/Leaders of the Partnership while the newly created Co-Chair role will support the function of the Board including Chairing Board meetings

Grammenos is a long standing GLISPA Board Member (joining in 2014) and is the Assistant Director General, Coordinator for Environment and Science at the Italian Development Cooperation, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Italy itself is a founding supporter of GLISPA and host of GLISPA’s first 2007 Strategy Meeting in Rome. Grammenos is a diplomat, professor and writer - with 8 books, numerous articles and other texts published by official organizations - focussing for the last 20 years on societal, geo-strategy and economic impacts of environmental degradation. He sits on multiple boards and communities and is the Chair of the Mountain Partnership which is based at FAO in Rome. GLISPA and the Mountain Partnership have developed a fragile ecosystems coalition to advocate and take action on common issues.