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The James Michel Foundation Joins GLISPA As Affiliate Member

The James Michel Foundation Joins GLISPA As Affiliate Member

The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) has announced that the James Michel Foundation has joined the Partnership as an affiliate member.

“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to The James Michel Foundation for your decision to join our Global Island Partnership as we work together to build resilient and sustainable communities for all islands. Our ability to succeed in our mission is based on the strength, energy and passion of our members working together toward common goals and priorities,” said Hersey Kyota Board Chair, Global Island Partnership, and Ambassador of the Republic of Palau to the United States.

The Global Island Partnership of which Seychelles is a founding member has as its mission to promote action to build resilient and sustainable island communities by inspiring leadership, catalyzing commitments and facilitating collaboration for all islands.

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 then Seychelles President James Alix Michel and the President of the Republic of Palau Tommy Remengesau, 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.

As a Member, of the Global Island Partnership, the James Michel Foundation joins a group of dedicated island leaders and supporters working to implement the 2030 Strategy. Participation in the Members Council will provide the Foundation with the opportunity to make its contribution in shaping this strategy and its priorities.

The Foundation is proud to have been accepted as a member of GLIPSA and is looking forward with great enthusiasm to work with other members of GLISPA to champion the Partnership, its priorities and help it become more sustainable.

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.


The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) co-hosted a ‘Leaders in Island Resilience’ high-level event on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at the Godesberg Castle in Bonn, Germany. Island nations have become the leading force in building climate resilience. Their leaders met at COP23 to: demonstrate leadership of island countries; launch new initiatives; accelerate implementation of existing island commitments; and build a movement of people willing to take action to build island resilience globally through the GLISPA.

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