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UNCBD COP 10: A Celebration of Leadership and Commitment to Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods on Islands, High Level Event

Date: 26 October 2010
Location: Nagoya, Japan
Host: Seychelles
Strategic Priority: Successful implementation of regional island challenges and other partner commitments
Mobilization of the Global Island Partnership community and reflection on successes and lessons learned was the focus of a high-level event at COP-10, centered on the Micronesia and Caribbean challenges.
Highlights included:
  • Progress on the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, a US$ 40 million regional endowment to support the eight countries involved in the Caribbean Challenge.
  • The German Development Bank (KfW) announced their ongoing support to the Caribbean Challenge.
  • An announcement that US$ 9 million of the US$ 18 million required to implement the first phase of the Micronesia Challenge was secured, and practical indicators for measuring progress and impact on the ground and in the water were developed.
  • Italy announced funding for the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre to continue work on the Global Islands Database—a Global Island Partnership commitment.
  • The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat expressed strong support for the leadership and efforts undertaken within the Micronesia and Caribbean challenges.

The event also provided an opportunity to launch the in-depth review of the island biodiversity programme of work, to be led by the CBD Secretariat. The Global Island Partnership will focus on political mobilization and support of this process through 2011 to 2012. The event concluded with an Islands Fiesta: A Celebration of Island Leadership and Diversity. The Island Fiesta was an opportunity to develop stronger relationships between the islands and friends of islands in an informal environment.

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