Islands are often perceived as hubs of innovation. For example, islands can be seen as laboratories of technology innovation when it comes to the deployment of green energy, especially in relation to renewables such as tidal or offshore wind energy. However, this panel will explore a different kind of innovation.
The innovation that will be discussed in this Panel is the means by which islands have used the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a way that speaks to their unique characteristics and to those of their communities. In fact, many islands around the world have embraced the SDGs and have tailored their approach to the SDGs aligning them with their own island specific culture and understanding of development. Against this background, the panel will explore public participation experiences on different islands whereby island communities have informed SDG related island policies, strategies and even legislation.
Insights from the Panel will contribute to the ongoing work undertaken by the EILEAN (Islands, Law and Sustainability) Initiative at the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance and the Local 2030 Islands Hub hosted by Hawaii Green Growth.
Co-Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance
Petra holds a Master in Political Science from Åbo Akademi University, Finland and a Master of Resource Management from the University of Akureyri, Iceland. She was born and raised on the Åland Islands and has through family strong connections with rural areas in Iceland.
Research Coordinator at the Åland Islands Peace Institute in Finland
PhD researcher with the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow
Policy Advisor, Sustainable Development Economist
Kiara holds an MSc in Environment, Politics, and Development from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA in History and Science with a secondary field in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University. Kiara is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools, and was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu. She is now based in Zürich.
Global fellow and outreach associate with the Hawai‘i Green Growth (HGG) United Nations Local2030 Islands Hub
Assistant Minister of Directorate for Islands (Croatia)