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In the latest issue of its 'Event Spotlight' newsletter, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) compiles information on events hosted and commitments recorded at the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which took place on 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa.

The newsletter underscores the importance of island partnerships.

glipsa-pubOctober 2014: In the latest issue of its ‘Event Spotlight’ newsletter, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) compiles information on events hosted and commitments recorded at the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which took place on 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa. The newsletter underscores the importance of island partnerships.

On 3 September 2014, GLISPA hosted a high-level event with heads of state and ministers involved in the Partnership. Specific commitments made by island countries include: Palau’s establishment of a National Marine Sanctuary; Micronesia’s allocation of US$2.4 million to reduce the threat of invasive species through the Micronesian Challenge; the Marshall Islands’ Majuro Declaration on Climate Leadership; Samoa’s partnership with American Samoa to increase the sustainability of fish stocks and ecosystems; Seychelles’ and Zanzibar’s commitments to the Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIOCC); and Bahamas’ and Grenada’s pledges to Phase 2 of the Caribbean Challenge on regional marine conservation.

Pledges of support for GLISPA and island issues were also made by the US and Italy. Hawai’i, also a member of GLISPA, set targets on clean energy, natural resource management, climate resilience, and waste reduction by 2030, through the Aloha+ Challenge. [Publication: Event Spotlight] [IISD RS Coverage of SIDS Conference]


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