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Islands First assists Small Island States in becoming effective and vocal advocates for change within the most important forum for environmental progress – the United Nations. With increased capacity at their UN missions, the Small Island States can become a formidable political force to influence environmental policy within the UN system, where they represent nearly a quarter of votes in the General Assembly. Islands First helps them realize that potential.



  1. The Fourth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, entitled “Advancing Ecosystem Management and Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management by 2010 in the Context of Climate Change,” was hosted by the Government of Viet Nam from 8-11 April 2008. This conference was organized by the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, which serves as a platform for networking, information sharing, and dialogue among individuals, governments, non-governmental organizations, and intergovernmental organizations concerning issues affecting oceans, coasts, and islands, with the goal of achieving sustainable development in these areas. This past conference brought together over 430 participants from 71 countries. The following link leads to a 15-page summary of the Conference: http://www.iisd.ca/ymb/sdoh4/

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