Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

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Partnership Update - 21 March 2016

Glispa Logocouleur 01From H.E. Hersey Kyota, Chair of the GLISPA Steering Committee and Palau's Ambassador to the United States

Dear colleagues,

This year we celebrate a decade of collective impact through the Global Island Partnership and enter a new phase of working together to achieve our 2030 Strategy goals. I am proud of the last ten years of the Global Island Partnership’s efforts and excited by our next chapter to build resilient and sustainable island communities.

In our first ten years of partnership, we have engaged high-level leaders to catalyze close to US$150 million for island action and assisted more than 30 countries to launch or strengthen major sustainable island commitments. We have positioned ourselves as a solution-focused and impactful partnership able to mobilize significant action through our network. Thank you to each of you that have contributed to this.

In 2015 our Steering Committee introduced membership for the first time including an annual member fee. I am honored to recognize and welcome the following 2016 Members:

Hawaii Green Growth, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Italy, Micronesia Conservation Trust, Seychelles, Rare, The Nature Conservancy, Republic of China on Taiwan and UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme 

With their leadership and support to the sustainability of the partnership, we are positioned to make great strides in 2016. I would like to invite you all to consider becoming a Global Island Partnership Member this year. By becoming a member, you join a network of leaders recognized for promoting action to inspire leadership, catalyze commitments, and facilitate collaboration for islands. As a member, you have a seat on the Partnership’s Steering Committee and gain access to a leading network of island leaders and organizations working to advance innovative solutions to the challenges confronting island communities today.

Learn more about becoming a Member here.

The Global Island Partnership remains a collaborative and inclusive partnership; open to any entity that supports its mission. Any government, organization or individual is welcome to participate in supporting implementation of partnership’s strategy through engaging in working groups, events or other ways. However those that benefit most from the partnership are being asked to provide a financial contribution to our sustainability.

Upcoming Activities

I am pleased to announce that we are supporting efforts to welcome Hōkūle‘a and the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage to Washington D.C. in late May and to New York on 8 June in celebration of World Oceans Day.
In September 2016 as part of the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai’i, the Global Island Partnership is coordinating a high-level event to inspire leadership and catalyze commitments to build resilient and sustainable island communities. Palau President and Global Island Partnership Leader, Tommy Remengesau Jr. will join Hawai’i Governor David Ige among others to co-host this event in Honolulu. Please reach out to Jessica if you are interested in more information on these activities.

Spotlight on islands at the Paris Conference of the Parties

Last December in Paris, the Global Island Partnership coordinated a series of high level events at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.Led by my President, H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., with high level representatives of Palau, Seychelles and Grenada, the members of the partnership mobilized significant action to build resilient and sustainable island communities through a series of strategic, high-profile events coordinated by the Partnership and island supporters. The outcomes included:

- Seychelles launched the first ever debt for adaptation swap. The financing will promote implementation of a Marine Spatial Plan for the entire Seychelles Exclusive Economic Zone as well as ensure 400,000 km2 will be managed for conservation as marine protected areas (MPAs) within five years.

- Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Jamaica and Grenada announced their intentions to undertake debt swaps based on the successful Seychelles deal.

- The Global Island Resilience Challenge was announced by Palau as part of the United Nations Secretary General’s A2R - Anticipate Absorb Reshape Initiative.

- Leaders were convened to mobilize commitment to action on small-scale fisheries as an integral component of reducing the vulnerability of island and coastal communities to climate change.

- Innovative island solutions in tackling climate adaptation, climate compatible development and oceans resilience were showcased and to reinforce the need for greater action on all islands.

- Regional ocean challenges and their supporting financing mechanisms were demonstrated as being capable of aiding more rapid distribution of climate and development finance, while at the same time supporting island leaders to realize the ambitious goals of the Challenges.

- A closer relationship was fostered between SIDS and EU Overseas to facilitate greater collaboration between all islands toward common goals.

- Learn more about the outcomes of the Partnership’s efforts in Paris here.

This is an exciting time for the Global Island Partnership. We invite you to join us in charting a sustainable future for islands around the world. To learn more about the benefits of membership, I encourage you to contact Kate Brown (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Jessica Robbins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Kind regards,

Hersey Kyota
Chair of the Global Island Partnership Steering Committee
Ambassador to the United States and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.
Republic of Palau