Islands First is an innovative 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in New York City that is dedicated to protecting the Earth's oceans and climate. By working closely with some of the most vulnerable countries in the world, Islands First has brought about meaningful international environmental policy reforms.
The people of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (“Pacific Islands”) bear little responsibility for the grave environmental problems confronting the world, yet they have been the first to feel the devastating impacts of ocean degradation and climate change. These fourteen countries are ready and willing to lead the community of nations and push for strong reforms to the international system of environmental governance. Islands First is here to make sure they succeed.