The 15th Islands of the World Conference drew to a satisfactory close on Friday July 7, with an important declaration.
During the preceding week, participants at the conference left messages, thoughts and ideas on a white board which were then collated by the Declaration Committee to become the Declaration for ISISA.
Professor Godfrey Baldacchino, President of ISISA, pointed out that it was not a blueprint for KI, but for all islands of the world.
The Declaration was signed by Professor Godfrey Baldacchino and KI Mayor Peter Clements.
The conference was a great success giving researchers, academics, community members and delegates opportunities to discuss issues affecting islands around the world with their unique and sometimes, common problems.
On Wednesday July 5, the conference went on the road to visit a number of KI locations where participants were guided by local experts and academics.
Bell Farm, Kangaroo Island Airport, American River Marine District, Seal Bay, Raptor Domain and the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery were all visited and enjoyed.
Unfortunately the Honourable Christopher Loeak, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands between 2012 and 2016 was unable to give the keynote speech due to illness.
Thom Woodroofe, UN Representative for Independent Diplomat and a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford spoke most eloquently in his place.
He acknowledged ISISA for the conception of this conference and KI Council for helping bring it to KI.
On Thursday July 6, his Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia opened the day, welcoming all delegates to KI and said this was, “A fantastic mix of people, sharing ideas and solving a few problems.”
There were parallel sessions throughout the Conference, taking place in two rooms at The Ozone as well as at The Town Hall.
The Conference was extremely well-organised and the happy volunteers in their teal knitted scarves were superb.
Lucy’s KI Kitchen provided the excellent catering as did the students from KICE on the Thursday night event.
KI now passes the ISISA plaque to The Netherlands who will host the 16th Islands of the World: For an Island Sense of Place, at Terschelling, Frisian Islands, June 2018. Visit: isisa.org for more information.