Speeches Delivered at COP 9 GLISPA High Level Event

The following speeches were delivered at the COP9 GLISPA High Level Event on 27 May 2008 in Bonn, Germany. This event was attended by a number of senior government representatives from island nations, and nations with islands, from around the globe. The event, titled ‘A celebration of island leadership: Voluntary commitments to conservation and sustainable livelihoods on islands’ was also attended by the heads of NGOs, donor agencies, and other GLISPA partners.


Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, CBD Secretariat

Hon. Sigmar Gabriel, Minister of Environment, Germany

GLISPA Progress and Success

Dr. Rolph Payet, Advisor to the President, Seychelles, on behalf of President James A. Michel

H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., President of Palau

Launch of the Caribbean Challenge

Videotaped message from the Hon. Hubert Alexander Ingraham, Prime Minister, Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Hon. Earl Deveaux, Cabinet Minister, Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Videotaped message from H.E. President Leonel Fernandez Reyna, President of the Dominican Republic and the Hon. Omar Ramirez, Minister of Environment introduced by the Hon. Daneris Santana, Vice Minister for Protected Areas and Biodiversity (no transcript available)

Support for Commitments

Monique Barbut, CEO, Global Environmental Facility

Rebecca Patton, Chief Conservation Strategies Officer, The Nature Conservancy

Alfredo Guillet, Focal Point for the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN

Commitments on Island Conservation

Hon. Marcela Aguiñaga Vallejo, Minister of Environment, Ecuador

Hon. Tetabo Nakara, Minster of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development, Kiribati

Ahsanal Kasasiah, on behalf of Hon. Freddy Numberi, Minister of Environment, Indonesia

Hon. Zoran Šikić, State Secretary, Croatia

Christine Dawson, Head of Delegation, USA

Jon Hutton, Director, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Open Floor

Olivier Langrand, Senior Vice President, International Government Relations, Conservation International

Laurent Stefanini, Ambassador for the Environment, France

Senator Andre Franklin, Jamaica

Senator Marcus Richards, St Vincent and Grenadines

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