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HLM AIS Forum 2023

The 1st High-Level Meeting of the Archipelagic and Island States Forum 2023

11 October 2023 in Bali, Indonesia

“Fostering Collaboration, Enabling Innovation. For Our Ocean, and Our Future.“

The High-Level Meeting is designed to bring officials from the top levels of government from AIS Forum participating countries together to amplify the traction of AIS Forum cooperation and to conduct in-depth deliberations pertaining to viable solutions to issues in the four main thematic areas of the AIS Forum as well as to meet the objectives of SDG 14. Specifically, officials will discuss the operationalization of technological and nature-based solutions, including within future activities that address shared challenges of AIS Forum participating countries in one or more of the four main AIS Forum thematic areas and which concurrently address SDG 14 goals.

The Final Outcome Document of the 4th Ministerial Meeting of the AIS Forum called for a High-Level Meeting of the forum, inviting the heads of state of AIS participating countries. This high-level gathering will be an opportunity to formally recognise the desire of the archipelagic and island state citizens to come together – united by their shared past and common threats – to develop smart and innovative solutions to these shared development and environmental challenges.

5th Ministerial Meeting

The 5th Ministerial Meeting of the AIS Forum will convene one day prior to the High-Level Meeting. The meeting will invite ministers from AIS countries to participate in a discussion to gather, arrange, and finalise the outcome documents to be discussed in the High-Level Meeting.

SIDE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

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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:

Our Team offers an insightful glimpse into the exceptional individuals who comprise the driving force behind the Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum. These dedicated professionals work cohesively to realize our mission and objectives. The AIS Forum, as a platform, is thoughtfully designed to incorporate the active participation of 51 archipelagic and island states from various corners of the world, uniting them within a collective forum to address the critical concerns of sustainable development.

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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