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Pacific climate warriors taking the fight to the UN
FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu, 21 September 2019 (Guardian) - Frank Bainimarama, Enele Sopoaga and Hilda Heine hope their urgent demands for action will save their island nations from the rising waves.

Samoa Pathway high-level midterm review
NEW YORK, US, 21 September 2019 (UN DESA) - On 27 September 2019, the General Assembly will hold a one-day high level review of the progress made in addressing the priorities of small island developing States (SIDS) through the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway. The General Assembly has decided that the high level review will result in "a concise action oriented and inter-governmentally agreed political declaration".

Malta to hold inquiry into journalist's murder
LONDON, UK, 20 September 2019 (BBC) - Malta is to hold an independent public inquiry into the murder of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. She was killed by a bomb planted under the seat of her car in 2017.

New lease on life beckons for Arroceros, Manila's hidden jungle
MANILA, Philippines, 20 September 2019 (Mongabay) - Arroceros Forest Park in the heart of Manila is one of the few green spaces left in the bustling Philippines capital. Successive governments have tried to get rid of it for new developments, but the city’s newly elected mayor has announced plans to retain and rehabilitate it as part of his “green city” proposal.

Students on islands join global climate strike
LONDON, UK, 20 September 2019 (Independent) - Solomon islanders did not protest in the streets but took symbolically to the seas in a bid to convey the sheer scale of the threat to their country. 

Caribbean islands are the biggest plastic polluters in the world
NEW YORK, US, 20 September 2019 (Forbes) - Of the top thirty global polluters per capita, ten are from the Caribbean region and every year they generate more plastic debris than the weight of 20,000 space shuttles.

How one man stopped a rainforest mega-dam in Borneo
LONDON, UK, 20 September 2019 (BBC) - A man who led a successful campaign to stop a mega-dam being built in Borneo's rainforest has been awarded a top environmental prize.

CLEAN ENERGY FOR EU ISLANDS
3rd Clean Energy for EU Islands Forum 14-16 May, 2019, Stockholm, Sweden

SOCIETY FOR ISLAND BIOLOGY
Third Island Biology conference 8-13 July, 2019, Reunion

SICRI
15th ISIC conference Island Festivals & Music Tourism 9-13 July, 2019, Kingston, Jamaica

SCB
29th International Congress for Conservation Biology 21-25 July, 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

CEST
16th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 4-7 Sept, 2019, Rhodes, Greece

NAF & CRRF
Sustainable Communities conference 1-4 Oct, 2019, St. John's, Newfoundland

GREENING THE ISLANDS
6th international conference 15 Oct, 2019, Palermo, Sicily

ISLAND DYNAMICS
Islands in the Belt and Road Initiative conference 9-10 Nov, 2019, Fuzhou, China 

UHI INS
5th International St Magnus Conference 15-18 April, 2020, Lerwick, Shetland

SPREP
10th Pacific Nature Conservation Conference 20-24 April, 2020, Noumea, New Caledonia

FESTPAC
13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture 10-21 June, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaii

IUCN
World Conservation Congress 11-19 June, 2020, Marseille, France

ISISA
Islands of the World XVII conference 22-26 June, 2020, St. John's, Newfoundland

ISLAND DYNAMICS
DARKNESS conference 30 Nov-3 Dec, 2020, Nuuk, Greenland