United States announces support for island-led Global Climate Solutions Initiative

HONOLULU, April 23, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Announcement of U.S. Presidential Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry United States’ support for the Local Island Network2030 at a virtual event in support of President Biden’s Climate Change Leaders Summit this week.

“The (US) Department of State, NOAA and the Department of Energy are supporting the Local2030 Islands Network, an innovative, peer-to-peer network that connects the US Islands to our other islands around the world on local solutions and common challenges. “United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry

The Local2030 Islands Network brings together a diverse set of major and emerging island economies – nations, states and communities – from all regions of the world. Thanks to their support, the United States ad their commitment to partner with small islands in their efforts to tackle the climate crisis in a way that reflects their unique cultures and development challenges by building resilience to climate change.

US Secretary of Energy Jennifer granholm further strengthened U.S. support for building island resilience with a focus on community-based solutions tailored to island-specific cultures and development challenges.

The network, managed by Hawaii Green Growth Local2030 Hub and the Global Island Partnership, includes the American Islands Hawaii, Guam, and Porto Rico. Hawaii Governor David Ige joined the event to discuss island leadership in the world on energy and climate, and highlighted the Aloha + challenge, Hawaii Framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) anchored in local values. In his remarks, Hawaii Governor David Ige encouraged island leaders and island jurisdictions to get involved in the innovative network.

“The American Islands are intensifying, with islands like Guam and Puerto Rico joining the network in addition to the Marshall Islands and other island economies. ” Hawaii Governor David Ige

Through the Global Island Partnership, the network will connect to the existing leadership of islands around the world, including the Micronesia Challenge, Caribbean Challenge Initiativeand the European BEST challenge.

“We recently celebrated the success of the Micronesia Challenge and will join the Local2030 Islands Network.” President David Kabua, Republic of Marshall Islands

The Local2030 Island Network serves as a central resource for island-driven solutions and connects islands in new ways to address issues of sustainability, climate change and clean energy.

The United States Department of State will support this unique island-led partnership and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will work with the network and other partners to strengthen the capacity of island nations to integrate the climate data and information, and to apply effective coastal measures. and marine resource management strategies to support sustainable development. United States Department of Energy (DOE) and United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Global Partnership on Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS GP) provide technical assistance and support peer learning through island communities of practice.

U.S. support for the network underscores the important role the U.S. Islands can play in developing solutions and working with other islands as peers. Hawaii was recognized in 2019 as a UN Local2030 Hub – a center of excellence for the SDGs – for its innovative work on local sustainability and resilience. Hawaii also promised the first US carbon neutrality goal to decarbonise its energy sector by 2045. In 2019, Guam released the Guam Green Growth Action Framework, a 10-year strategy aligned with the SDGs. Other island members and network partners include the Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Bonaire, Ireland, Curacaoand the United Nations Foundation.

the April 20e The virtual event was hosted by Friends of the Ocean and Climate countries and supported by the United Nations Foundation and Ocean Conservancy. It included remarks from 13 world leaders, including United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. The event included global leadership, actions and commitments from various island communities to advance ocean-based climate solutions and the Paris Agreement. A event registration and the full list of speakers can be found here.


The White House fact sheet is accessible via the following link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/23/fact-sheet-president-bidens-leaders-summit-on-climate/

To watch the recording of the event, please visit this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJArCX7t1U4

B-roll, images and quotes from the speakers are accessible via the following link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1JdQ_GNvZ_RIrY3stXDK88eE_IfyJO8vF?usp=sharing

To learn more about the Local2030 Island Network, please visit this link: https://www.islands2030.org/, Link to 2 pages

Island Network SOURCE Local2030

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