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Local Government Roundtable (English Language Session)

September 12 — 8:00 PM EDT

September 12, 2020 4:00 AM EDT


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Session Duration: 1 hour
Organiser: Island Innovation
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Session Description:

The local mayor roundtables consist of one English and one Spanish session and will bring Mayors from across the globe together for an open discussion and information exchange on how local governments are addressing issues around sustainable development on their islands, as well as post-COVID 19 recovery.

Session Speakers:

Evangelia Papoutsaki

Convenor, Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI)

Evangelia Papoutsaki, PhD Cardiff, is the SICRI Convenor (Small Island Cultures Research Initiative) and Associate Professor at the University of Central Asia; Editor in Chief of ePress, Unitec Auckland, New Zealand and former International Research Fellow at the Center for Pacific Islands Research at Kagoshima University. Her professional background and academic interests are on island studies and communication for social change. She has extensive experience in the Pacific, including her previous position as Head of Communication Arts Department at DWU in Papua New Guinea, involvement in major research projects and editorial roles (Island Studies Journal and SHIMA, Okinawa Journal of Island Studies, Contemporary PNG Studies Journal and Pacific Journalism Review). She has published three edited volumes on Pacific and PNG communication issues.

Evangelia Papoutsaki

Convenor, Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI)

Monique Croon

Mayor of Chatham Island

Monique Croon

Mayor of Chatham Island

Vanessa Miranville

Mayor, La Possession Town Hall, Réunion Island

Citizen and political journey:
I was born in 1983 and I grew up in La Possession (Camp Magloire). After graduation, I went to mainland France to pursue my studies in Toulouse and Paris, which gave me an “enlarged” vision of the world and strengthened my will to promote my home Island on a global scale. From a very young age, I have particularly taken an interest in acting for citizens, in doing together to move forward and always do better, especially in terms of sustainable development.
Committed from the age of 18 in associative circles and that of political organizations, I have actually carried from my youngest age after having planted a tree in the courtyard of my school, a certain interest in respecting the environment and with a few more years, the values of citizenship, transparency and sustainable development in all its considerations.
A “JeuneVert“ member when I was 18, member of Greenpeace and WWF, and also member of the Food Bank, Unicef and Restos du Cœur, I joined the Greens of Reunion Island, before creating the Possession movement in 2011 “Solidarity Ecology“ which has become the Citizens of Reunion In Action. After a candidacy in 2010 for the regional, in 2011 for the cantonal, I became Mayor of the City of La Possession in 2014. Last June, I was re-elected in the last municipal election.
I became the fourth woman Mayor in the History of Reunion Island and the third youngest mayor of the island.
I am also Vice-President of TCO intercommunality in charge of sustainable development and innovation, President of the Inhabited Heart Commission of Mafate and Vice-President of CYCLEA.
I also have the objective of making the Possession, and more particularly the other municipalities that are part of the TCO, models of sustainable territories and innovation.

Political vision:
We have a thoughtful, long-term and sustainable political vision. The development, the dynamism and the influence of a City is conceived as a whole with foresight: how to ensure that the Citizens can flourish on a daily basis in their city when leaving their home? How can they benefit from public services of quality while being able to contribute and participate in the management of their municipality? How to ensure that every detail is thought of to improve the daily life of citizens? This is our motto.
We believe in the people’s empowerment and believe that city management can really be achieved in concert with the inhabitants since they are at the very heart of all projects, actions and the future. And we still want to discuss and act on major issues relating to the job market, economic development, education, health, citizenship, ecology, social problems, citizen actions, events, budgetary guidelines, agriculture, economy, inclusion, youth, digital … .
Transparency and benevolence are particularly important axes. We always want to do better, with consistency and fairness, according to criteria of merit or need; whether in the allocation of grants and the selection of projects. We will continue to carry out projects that have the most impact on the inhabitants of “La Possession“ such as: major development projects, solidarity and outreach activities, and actions on education and, we will keep resisting to pressure by refusing to ” grant unjustified privileges (contracts, land decommissioning, etc.) so that to maintain fairness to all.

Vanessa Miranville

Mayor, La Possession Town Hall, Réunion Island

Robin Adams

Mayor, Norfolk Island

I am Australian born and educated, a Norfolk Islander and a direct descendent of Fletcher Christian of HMAV Bounty.

Prior to coming to Norfolk Island where I have lived continuously since December 1966 I was a science teacher with the NSW Department of Education 1964 to 1966.
1967 – 1984: Held various senior positions in the Norfolk Island Public Service
1984 – 2010: Clerk to the Norfolk Island Parliament & Secretary/Treasurer to the Norfolk Island Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (the CPA)
2010 – 2013: Speaker of the Norfolk Island Parliament, Branch President Norfolk Island CPA Branch
2013 – 2015: Minister for Cultural Heritage and Community Services in the Norfolk Island Government, Vice President Norfolk Island CPA Branch
July 2016 to present: Mayor Norfolk Island Regional Council

Author of the following articles in The Parliamentarian:
1995 Issue 3 “To conform or not to conform with other Parliaments”
2008 Issue 4 “Norfolk Island’s Self-Government under threat again”
2010 Issue 2 “Governance and Democracy: Norfolk Island Style: At Risk Again?
2012 Issue 3 “Norfolk Island and the Isle of Man strengthen historical ties: from Mutiny to Unity”
2014 Issue 2 “Commonwealth of Australia and Norfolk Island: Bridging the Divide”

Robin Adams

Mayor, Norfolk Island

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September 12
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8:00 PM EDT
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