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Partnership of the Month: Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)
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1 May 2014 - The overarching theme of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States is "The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships". The Conference will serve as a forum to build on existing successful partnerships as well as to launch innovative and concrete new ones. The SD in Action newsletter will present a successful “Partnership of the Month” in each of its editions in the run-up to the Conference.

Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)

Inspired by the urgent call made by the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the Mauritius Meeting in 2005 for high-level political commitment to confront the global challenge on islands, the two leaders H.E. Tommy Remengesau, former President of the Republic of Palau, and H.E. James Alix Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles, conceived a shared idea which initiated the forging of an open global partnership which garners greater collaboration of leaders of other island nations, regardless of size or political status, to conserve and sustainably employ the invaluable island natural resources that support people, cultures and livelihoods.

The Global Island Partnership was launched at the 8th Conference of the Parties (COP8) for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Brazil 2006. It explicitly targets the catalysing and strengthening of leadership and commitments to successfully (i) implement regional island challenges and other partner commitments, (ii) catalyze commitments to ecosystem-based adaptation, mitigation and reducing the threat of invasive species, and (iii) link conservation and sustainable livelihoods to development dialogue

GLISPA has successfully compelled and accelerated actions and commitments by more than 50 governments and territories and over 70 organizations toward the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods. Information on specific commitments can be found on the GLISPA website: https://www.cbd.int/island/commitments.shtml. Internationally, GLISPA is recognized as a mechanism for advancing conservation of island biodiversity. It was identified as a best practice partnership by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and as a success factor in preparations for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.