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Academia Network

AIS Forum raises awareness of the common issues faced in AIS countries.

Introduction

The AIS Forum has established a global network connecting academics and students to address common challenges in AIS countries. We facilitate knowledge exchange and research collaboration. To boost R&D initiatives, the AIS Forum partners with universities in island nations. In 2020 and 2021, they successfully collaborated with over 50 universities across 23 countries, resulting in region-specific programs.

Cultivate Robust Global Network

The AIS Forum has cultivated a robust global network comprising scholars and students hailing from universities and research institutes across the world. This expansive academic network serves as a catalyst for elevating awareness about the shared challenges encountered by AIS (Archipelagic and Island States) countries. Beyond this, it acts as a dynamic platform, facilitating the exchange of knowledge, the dissemination of research findings, and the incubation of innovative ideas.

In its endeavor to promote and enhance Research and Development (R&D) initiatives, the AIS Forum forges collaborative partnerships with a diverse array of institutions and universities situated in island and archipelagic nations. Notably, in the years 2020 and 2021, the AIS Forum celebrated its success in fostering collaboration with more than 50 prestigious universities spanning 23 countries. These countries encompass a broad spectrum, including Indonesia, Fiji, the UK, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago, Papua New Guinea, the Bahamas, Singapore, Haiti, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Kiribati, Mauritius, Cabo Verde, Grenada, Guyana, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Malta, Ireland, and Jamaica. The collaborative efforts resulted in the inception of a myriad of innovative and impactful programs aimed at addressing the specific needs of these diverse nations.

International Conference

In 2020 and 2021, the AIS Forum and Bina Nusantara University held an international conference on “Biospheric Harmony Advanced Research: Sustainable Innovation in Science and Technology.” It drew 50 participants from multiple countries, with insights from Ambassadors of Ireland and Fiji.

Scholar Space

Throughout 2020 and 2021, the AIS Forum held more than 20 webinars, lectures with AIS country Ambassadors and online training that increased the insight of more than 3000 students, academics, policymakers and the public from AIS countries on marine issues, the environment and AIS Forum cooperation areas.

Summer Courses

In partnership with Diponegoro University, the AIS Forum organized a summer course from August 18 to September 1, 2021, focusing on sustainable fisheries. The course attracted 66 participants from Indonesia, Fiji, Cabo Verde, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, England, and Japan. Following the program, 5 students from AIS countries will conduct field studies in Indonesia in 2022.

Internship

The AIS Forum offers a 6-month internship program for final semester students from AIS countries. In 2021, it hosted Caoimhe Michael from Ireland and Karishma Boraj from Mauritius. This program will expand to offer more internships to students from AIS Forum countries, focusing on global marine issues, especially for island nations, while providing valuable work experience.

In its pursuit of promoting and enhancing Research and Development (R&D) initiatives, the AIS Forum actively cultivates creative partnership ideas with a wide array of institutions and universities situated in island and archipelagic regions. Notably, during the years 2020 and 2021, the AIS Forum marked its significant accomplishments in fostering collaborative partnerships with over 50 prestigious universities spanning 23 countries. These nations represent a rich tapestry, including Indonesia, Fiji, the UK, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago, Papua New Guinea, the Bahamas, Singapore, Haiti, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Kiribati, Mauritius, Cabo Verde, Grenada, Guyana, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Malta, Ireland, and Jamaica. These partnership ideas gave rise to a multitude of innovative and impactful programs tailored to address the unique needs of these diverse nations.

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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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