Hawai’i launches first island-based UN Local2030 Hub, recognised by Gov’s State of the State...
On 30th November 2018, Hawaii Green Growth (GLISPA Member), “a public-private partnership committed to achieving economic, social and environmental goals, formally accepted the United Nation’s invitation to become a Local 2030 Hub at its annual partnership retreat,” Maui Now reports.
GLISPA Executive Director Kate Brown remembers, “Back in 2010 when the US hosted APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Community) in Hawaii, our Hawaii colleagues asked the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) to help them launch a statewide sustainability movement around this important international meeting which had green growth as its theme. They wanted to expand the conservation agenda and remove barriers and ‘sector silos’ to explore integrated approaches to the many problems the island state faced - on water, food, energy, transportation, waste, endangered species (Hawaii is the extinction capital of the world), invasive species and more. Most important was keeping Hawaii a place where diverse people wanted to and could live and thrive(...)”. Read the insightful LinkedIn article here.
Only a few months later, on 22nd January 2018, the State of Hawai‘i's Governor, H.E. David Ige recognized the launch of the Hawai‘i Green Growth Local2030 Hub and the partnership with the United Nations in his State of the State address:
“Last November, Hawai‘i was designated one of the United Nation’s first Local 2030 sustainability hubs —the first and only such forum in the Pacific. I would like to thank Hawai‘i Green Growth and Kamehameha Schools for their work in achieving this designation. They are highlighting our achievements and helping to establish Hawai‘i as a leader in sustainability in the Pacific.”
Read the Governor’s full speech transcript here.