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AIS Forum Organised the 7th Senior Official Meeting in Suva, Fiji, Called on the Urgency for Strong and Collaborative Actions within Nations through Innovation and Blue Economy

Suva, Fiji, June 7, 2023 – The Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum conducted the 7th Senior Official Meeting (SOM) in Suva, Fiji, on June 7, 2023. The event was co-hosted by the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of Indonesia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia, and the AIS Forum Secretariat. Held in the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva, this is the seventh official meeting since the inception of the AIS Forum in 2018. The Forum is an international collaborative platform comprising 51 archipelagic and island nations to accelerate development and combat common challenges in the maritime sector.

Having been held six times in Indonesia, this is the first time the AIS Forum has held a meeting outside of the country. Jodi Mahardi, Deputy Minister for Maritime Sovereignty and Energy of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment of the Republic of Indonesia expressed his assurance regarding the meeting in Suva in his welcoming remarks.

“We cannot think of a more appropriate venue for this meeting than Suva. Indonesia remembers that Fiji was among the first countries to support the idea of creating the AIS Forum in 2017,” said Deputy Minister Jodi. Further to that, he also emphasised the spirit of solidarity, commitment, and collaboration as core values in the AIS Forum. As a forum for development and cooperation, the AIS Forum will play an essential role in helping and overcoming problems faced by archipelagic and island countries around the world. In accordance with that, Honorary Assistant of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, Sakiusa Tubuna attended the 7th SOM and in his welcoming remarks highlighted commitment to collaboration and solidarity as the basis of cooperative work. Further, he also strengthened the government’s commitment to advancing the AIS Forum.

The 7th SOM of the AIS Forum was held in a hybrid mode and attended by delegations from AIS member countries, among them Indonesia, Madagascar, Seychelles, Tuvalu, Bahrain, Cuba, Fiji, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Solomon Island, Cabo Verde, Comoros, Sao Tome & Principe, Cyprus, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Marshall Island, and the United Kingdom, as well as several international organisations such as Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF), Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and UNDP Pacific.

The consecutive meeting was a part of preparatory activities for the first High-Level Meeting of the AIS Forum planned to be conducted on October 11, 2023, in Bali, Indonesia. The series of meetings was called as part of the ongoing commitment of AIS countries to have a facilitated discussion and actions to accelerate concrete collaboration in four key areas, such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster management, the advancement of the blue economy, marine plastic debris, and good maritime governance.

Also co-chairing the 7th SOM along with the Government of Fiji and the Government of Indonesia was Norimasa Shimomura, Resident Representative of UNDP Indonesia. Since the inception of the AIS Forum, UNDP Indonesia has actively supported and empowered the forum as an inclusive mechanism for cooperation among nations. This is part of UNDP’s commitment to supporting governments to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 14, which is the core objective of the AIS Forum. Shimomura, in his remarks, highlighted the AIS Forum’s continuous work to foster collaboration and enable innovation for the ocean and its future through its programmes.

“The UNDP is committed to and firmly believes that investing in the ocean is an investment for our future. We reaffirm our commitment to supporting the work of the AIS Forum Secretariat to promote the development and capacity-building of AIS countries through its project activities,” said Shimomura.

The Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum was established to foster collaboration and concrete development cooperation among archipelagic and island states around the world. The forum has become an influential platform for addressing crucial issues among its member countries, such as climate change and sustainable development in the marine sector. In 2021, the AIS Forum brought together the voices of archipelagic and island nations in delivering a joint statement at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, UK.

In the four years since its establishment, the AIS Forum has successfully networked and built partnerships with various parties. More than 200 start-ups and local communities, 75 non-governmental organizations and private sectors, and more than 100 academic groups in various AIS countries have become part of the implementation of AIS Forum programmes to date. Several development programmes under the AIS Forum have also been successfully implemented in various participating countries, such as Fiji, the Philippines, Guyana, Barbados, New Zealand, Jamaica, Malta, Mauritius, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and others.

Some of the positive results were also brought and presented at the side agenda of the 7th SOM. The activities were held in various places in Fiji and Vanuatu, from 3 May to 8 June 2023, under the collaboration with local organisations such as the Green Growth Institute, Pacific Community (SPC), Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF), and University of Fiji. Several innovations from Indonesia were also introduced, such as the Advance Drifter GPS Oceanography Coverage Area (ARHEA) training and MantaOne for Electric Fishing Boat Training from Azura Indonesia, winner of the AIS Innovation Challenge Program.

Particularly in Bau Island, two training programmes were held with the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF), an international organisation focusing on progressing sustainable and inclusive development of Pacific island countries. The activity in Bau Island was held in 1 – 8 June 2023 in three different places, meanwhile in the training in Banyak Singkil Island is running from 5 – 16 June 2023. About 30 participants attended the training as they will then continue with further development on the Floating Net Cage training. The training itself was led by Dr. Syamsul Akbar, an aquaculture expert from Indonesia.

Emphasising its focus on blue economy, the two training programmes given were Implementing Floating Net Cage (FNC) and Showcasing Innovative Electric Engine Technology for Boats. Both of these trainings were held as an effort to empower the people of Bau Island in regard to the food security issue they have. “I hope that this training can also boost the development of fish farming business here and trigger the economic independence for the people in Bau Island,” said Ratu Epenisa Seru Cakobau, Vunivalu from Bau Island during the Sevusevu.

Blue economy development in the Pacific Islands is one of PIDF’s main focuses, so this collaboration was truly the right platform to support efforts to strengthen the blue economy for the people of Bau Island.

The Floating Net Cage (FNC) training was carried out to empower the locals with innovative methods and techniques for marine and fisheries environment, to practice for sustainable aquaculture based on a traditional farming system through the technique showcased. Meanwhile for the Innovative Electric Engine Technology for Boats, the technology called MantaOne was developed to replace the conventional four-stroke petrol engines that is known to produce higher emission. MantaOne is seen as an advanced way for providing equipment for fishing, as it requires no fossil fuel and needed minimal maintenance. This engine is fit for smaller boats, which is also suffice for the local communities and the small-scale fishing activities.

The AIS Forum continued to work together to develop best practices that may encourage innovative solutions for island and archipelagic countries in facing global challenges. As a platform for concrete collaborative works, the AIS Forum handed over the Advanced Drifter GPS Oceanography Coverage Area (ARHEA) tool to the Pacific Community (SPC), Manta One (Electric Propulsion Engine) to the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) to be replicated for local communities in the Pacific.

Alongside the transfer of the two marine monitoring equipment, the AIS Forum Secretariat through, UNDP Indonesia signed a joint-research project with University of Fiji. The collaboration statement will be focused on the research project under the topic of climate change traditional and local knowledge mitigation and adaptation in coastal villages in Fiji and Vanuatu. The signing ceremony was taken at the 7th SOM meeting, signed and represented by Resident Representative UNDP Indonesia Norimasa Shimomura and Shaista Shameem, Vice Chancellor of the University of Fiji.

On June 6, 2023, Deputy Minister for Maritime Sovereignty and Energy Jodi Mahardi, Director General of Multilateral Tri Tharyat, Resident Representative of UNDP Indonesia Norimasa Shimomura representing the AIS Forum Secretariat conducted a meeting with Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Madagascar, Ratsimandao Tahirimiakadaza before the 7th SOM. The meeting discussed several strategic cooperation between both countries, among them was the AIS Forum. Secretary General Tahirimiakadaza expressed the commitment of the government of Madagascar to hosting the 8th Senior Officials Meeting of the AIS Forum. Indonesia welcomed the proposal, with planning to hold the event in August 2023. The upcoming meeting will be focused on the preparation of the Leaders Declaration Archipelagic and Island States Forum 2023. (*)

 

 

Media Contact:

Thomas Benmetan, Head of Marketing & Communication for AIS Forum (thomas.benmetan@undp.org)

Raeed Ali, Pacific Ocean Officer for AIS Forum (raeed.ali@undp.org )

 

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After a sideline discussion at the Ocean Conference 2017 in New York City and a follow-up Conference on the Archipelagic and Island States Forum in Jakarta in 2017, a common understanding among AIS participating countries was born. The Archipelagic and Island States Forum was then formally established through the adoption of the Manado Joint Declaration during the first Ministerial Meeting of the participating countries on 1 November 2018.

The Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum is a platform designed to include island states and archipelagic countries regardless of their region, size, and development level. A global initiative that brings together 51 archipelagic and island nations to take part in a collective forum addressing challenges of ocean resource usage for sustainable economic growth, climate change resiliency, ocean pollution, emergency management, and the enhancement of sustainable fisheries.

 

The Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum stands as a visionary platform, purposefully crafted to encompass the participation of 51 diverse archipelagic and island nations from across the globe. Its overarching mission is to facilitate a collective forum aimed at addressing the pressing issue of sustainable development. Within this forum, these nations come together to forge international partnerships and foster cooperation in their shared commitment to sustainable development. By uniting their efforts and expertise, the AIS Forum plays a pivotal role in harnessing the collective power of these island states to tackle the environmental, economic, and social challenges they face while striving to build a more sustainable and interconnected world.
Five years after the establishment of the AIS Forum, leaders from AIS countries have agreed to strengthen commitment for collaboration among nations. On 11th October 2023 in Bali, Indonesia, at the First High Level Meeting of the AIS Foru,, 32 AIS countries agreed to adopt the Leaders’ Declaration on the Solidarity of the Archipelagic and Island States. The adoption of this declaration marked a significant step for the AIS Forum to further elevate its position in the global scheme. The Declaration focuses on four collaborative areas, which are:

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The AIS Forum’s role is to facilitate close cooperation between archipelagic and island states in its four working areas. The forum has fostered connections and collaborative projects through its partnerships with private enterprises, government authorities, universities, NGOs, media and global or regional organisations. This approach aims to create a network of experts, researchers and policymakers who can provide insight and support to the AIS programme.

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