Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

Hawai‘i Green Growth Highlights – September 2018

UN Secretary General: Climate Change Needs Action Now – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for greater leadership and action on “the defining issue of our time” in an address at the UN Headquarters yesterday. He announced the UN 2019 Climate Summit intended to bring climate action to the top of international agenda, and demonstrate the ambition required to change course by 2020 and achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century. Summit leaders call the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals the foundations for international climate efforts; Hawai‘i is tracking local progress on global sustainability and climate priorities through the Aloha+ Dashboard.

Hawai‘i Leaders at Global Climate Action Summit – Hawai‘i’s leadership on the Paris Agreement and Aloha+ Challenge, the local framework to support the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals will be highlighted at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) this week in San Francisco. Governor David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell, state and county representatives, and other HGG network partners will present at key events from September 11-14. To amplify the climate change message, voyaging canoe Hikianalia will sail under the Golden Gate Bridge on September 16. HGG signed a MOU with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Global Island Partnership in June to support future voyaging for a sustainable Island Earth. Outcomes from GCAS will inform the discussions at Climate Week in New York later this month and be part of the road to the UN 2019 Summit.

Building Climate Resilience Model in the Ala Wai – The impacts from Hurricane Lane and current threat of Tropical Storm Olivia once again demonstrate the serious risk natural disasters pose to our economy and way of life. A category 4 hurricane making landfall in Waikīkī could cause an estimated $30 billion of direct economic losses to Hawai‘i, not including long-term loss of jobs, tax revenue and tourism. The Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration, facilitated by HGG, brings together stakeholders to advance green infrastructure and innovative financing solutions, ecosystem restoration and water quality efforts, and ahupua‘a-based community education initiatives at a watershed-scale. Ala Wai partners worked with HGG to secure a $50,000 National Fish & Wildlife Foundation grant that will support expanded stream restoration by schools and new community-led green infrastructure design initiatives as part of this resiliency effort.

HGG Showcased as Local2030Hub at United Nations – Hawai‘i Green Growth was invited to become one of the first Local2030 Hubs worldwide to support implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the local Aloha+ Challenge framework at the United Nations General Assembly and Climate Week in NYC. As a local hub, Hawai‘i’s sustainability leadership through island culture and values takes the world stage uplifting local solutions to global challenges. HGG partnered with WE Empower and the Council of Women World Leaders to promote gender equality and the SDGs with the UN Secretary General, World Bank President, High Commissioner for Human Rights and half the world’s women Presidents.

Global Tourism Summit Shines Spotlight on Sustainability and CultureThe Global Tourism Summit, hosted by Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority October 1-3 in Honolulu, includes over thirty sessions on cultural, sustainable, and global tourism trends as part of this year's theme Charting the Course. Join HGG network partners on Tuesday, October 2 from 4:00- 5:15pm for a panel on Cultural Tourism and the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration Website Now LiveThe Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration website features partner initiatives to advance a shared vision for a more resilient watershed. The Ala Wai Watershed Collaboration brings together stakeholders to advance green infrastructure and innovative financing solutions, ecosystem restoration and improved water quality, and community-based education and initiatives throughout the ahupua‘a. Visit the sitefor the most up-to-date information, key reports, maps, videos, and other resources.