On 18 June 2021, Global Access Partners, in association with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP), will host the first GAP Summit for the Pacific and Small Island Nations to consider Environment, Society and Governance (ESG) issues in the Pacific and small island nations.

The pandemic’s disruption of trade, tourism and travel has seen Small Island Nations face their largest collective challenge in a generation. The health crisis has exacerbated existing economic vulnerabilities, and threatens to reverse progress across a range of Sustainable Development Goals.

Better governance and coordination at regional and national levels will be the key to a sustainable recovery. New partnerships, coalitions and platforms for collaborative action will help reintegrate Smaller Island economies into regional and global trade, empower transnational cooperation, and strengthen a collective response to major challenges.

The GAP Summit will bring together a select group of international business and government leaders to address a broad range of ESG topics, including diversity, resilience, civil society, entrepreneurship and employment. It will facilitate high-level strategic and economic dialogue between Australia and Pacific Island Nations, with strong participation from the private and investment sectors.

Traditionally held in a State Parliament Legislative Assembly Chamber, this GAP Summit will be held on a virtual platform due to COVID restrictions. The debate will follow a parliamentary model, allowing all participants an opportunity to share their views under the Chatham House rule of non-attribution.

The Summit's recommendations will inform a plan of action for the coming year which members of the GAP network will progress.

Participation is by invitation only. For more information, please call Olga Bodrova on +61 408 024 712 or obodrova@globalaccesspartners.org.

Twitter hashtags for this Summit are #GAPSummit and #PacificSummit @GlobalAccessAu