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  • Date of completion: 2012-04-23
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Partnerships for SD (CSD11/WSSD)
Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)
Description/achievement of initiative

“The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), is an excellent example of intra-island partnership that we believe we must champion in Samoa. Connecting our islands, across our oceans, helps share ideas and also mobilise more resources for island initiatives.” H.E. James Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles and Co-Chair of GLISPA, opening statement at the Africa, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea (AIMS) SIDS regional preparatory meeting, July 2013.

The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) assists islands in addressing one of the world’s greatest challenges — to conserve and sustainably utilize invaluable island natural resources that support people, cultures and livelihoods in their island homes around the world.

It is a partnership for all islands, regardless of size or political status, to take bold steps towards greater sustainability. It provides a global platform that enables islands to work together to develop solutions to common problems and to take high-level commitments and actions that address these global challenges.

Mission The Global Island Partnership promotes actions for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods by inspiring leadership, catalyzing commitments, and facilitating collaboration

Focus All Islands


• Support successful implementation of partner commitments
• Catalyze new commitments to address critical island issues
• Establish and maintain a flexible and efficient Partnership responsive to its partners’ needs and aspirations


• Successful implementation of regional island challenges and other partner commitments
• Ecosystem-based adaptation, mitigation and reducing the threat of invasive species
• Linking conservation and sustainable livelihoods to development dialogue

Island Leadership

At the Mauritius International Meeting in January 2005, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan made an urgent call for high-level political commitment to the global challenge on islands. Inspired, President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr. of Palau and President James A. Michel of Seychelles called for greater collaboration through an international partnership for island conservation and sustainable livelihoods.

The Global Island Partnership grew spontaneously based on the needs of participating governments and partners. It was officially launched at the 8th Conference of the Parties (COP8) for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Brazil, 2006. The Partnership has a committed Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Presidents of Palau and Seychelles, as well as a small coordination unit based in the United States.


Since its launch in 2006, the Global Island Partnership has:

• Inspired Leadership for Conservation & Sustainability
o Helped inspire, recognize and support leaders in Micronesia, the Caribbean, Indonesia and the Western Indian Ocean to work with their neighbors on visionary regional island initiatives (‘Challenges’) for conservation and sustainability
o Assisted island leaders to advocate for ecosystem-based adaptation to be recognized internationally, in particular under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
• Catalyzed Commitments to Large-Scale Action and Funding
o Assisted more than 30 countries to launch or strengthen major island commitments focused on island conservation and sustainable management of marine, coastal and/or terrestrial habitats
o Helped catalyze more than US$ 130 million in commitments for island actions
• Facilitated Collaboration to Support Island Priorities
o Enhanced collaboration among political leaders, key government ministries and agencies, and non-governmental partners working on shared commitments through high level and strategic events at key global and regional meetings
o Recognized and promoted each island commitment as a beacon of inspiration and guidance to others
The Global Island Partnership is open to any entity committed to taking significant action to ensure island conservation and sustainable livelihoods.

Global Island Partnership is Recognized as…

• a mechanism for advancing the conservation of island biodiversity (Decision IX/21, CBD COP9 and Decision IX/15, CBD COP11)
• a best practice partnership by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
• a success factor in preparations for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

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