Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

United Nations General Assembly High Level Breakfast

Date: 23 September 2010
Location: New York, U.S.A
Host: Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
Strategic Goal: Linking conservation and sustainable livelihoods to development dialogue
This high level event focused development dialogue on the strong connection between climate change, development and biodiversity, and demonstrated that islands are leaders in addressing these issues. Australia's Foreign Minister, the Honorable Kevin Rudd, made a commitment that Australia would give AU$ 1.5 million to support the AOSIS Secretariat.
The event was emceed by Ambassador Dessima Williams, Grenada, with speeches from:
  1. H.E. Sha Zukang, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
  2. H.E. Kevin Rudd, Foreign Minister of Australia
  3. H.E. Danny Faure, Vice President of Seychelles
  4. H.E. Alik Alik, Vice President of Federated States of Micronesia
  5. H.E. Michael Church, Minister of Environment of Grenada
 Key messages and outcomes
  • Highlighted the strong connection between climate change, development and biodiversity and the role that islands play as leaders in looking at this
  • Demonstrated the achievements of islands since MSI+5 and made reference to Rio+20
  • Ambassador Dessima Williams strongly linked AOSIS and GLISPA
  • Was held on the day of the Biodiversity High Level Segment and two days before the SIDS High Level sessions and played an important role in linking between these and the MDGs
  • Kevin Rudd announced that Australia would give $1.5 m AUD to AOSIS Secretariat at our event and linked to the G20 and two roles he has: one as the co-chair of an MSI Review panel on Friday 24th and the other as a member of a global sustainability forum.  He also identified Australia as a big island developed state.

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