Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

Association for Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA)

1. Why have you joined the Global Island Partnership?

Climate change is one of the main themes being discussed at international level and impacting on EU policies and/or Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) development strategy. GLISPA provides a valuable opportunity for OCTs to highlight and share their position with natural partners in global forums. The strategic objective of the OCTA for the period 2015-2020 is to better voice OCTs’ interests/perspectives on the global scene. To this aim, with respect to the principle of subsidiarity, OCTA promotes partnerships with the EU, with the OCTs’ Member States, and with territories or organizations sharing specificities with the OCTs including the SIDS, which are mostly ACP countries, and with which the OCTs have already developed a close relationship.

2. What is the main goal you want to advance through the Global Island Partnership?

Establishing sustainable partnerships is crucial for facilitating OCTs development and regional integration. Partnerships increase leverage and multiply impact. There are three goals that OCTA wants to advance through GLISPA:

  • First, GLISPA provides the OCTs the opportunity to participate in larger forums and make their voice heard: the adoption of joint positions between OCTA and some partners which are recognized at international level strongly increases OCTAs’ visibility, their impact and capacity to influence policy formulation.
  • Second, GLISPA can assist with the identification of new opportunities, including financial resources which can be mobilized to address OCTs development issues.
  • Third, GLISPA can facilitate the implementation of projects beneficial to the territories, but which could not be implemented without third partners.