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AIS Ministerial Meeting

The 5th Ministerial Meeting of the AIS Forum on 2023

Introduction

The Ministerial Meeting serves as a pivotal initiative geared towards cultivating practical and inclusive collaboration among participating archipelagic and island nations. It is designed to facilitate the development of intelligent and innovative solutions, as well as nature-based approaches, with the overarching goal of addressing the shared challenges encountered by these countries within the four key thematic areas of the Forum.

Collective Efforts

This significant gathering emphasizes the need for collective efforts in navigating the unique challenges faced by archipelagic and island nations. By fostering a collaborative environment, the Ministerial Meeting seeks to harness the collective wisdom and diverse perspectives of attending Ministers and Senior Officials. Through open discussions and strategic planning, the aim is to formulate solutions that not only address immediate concerns but also pave the way for sustainable development.

The outcomes and insights generated during the Ministerial Meeting hold substantial weight, as they are intended to be communicated directly to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs or their equivalents for all participating archipelagic and island states. This ensures that the fruits of collaborative efforts are shared at the highest levels, fostering a sense of shared responsibility and commitment among the leadership of these nations. This approach underscores the commitment of the AIS Forum to translate dialogue into tangible action, ensuring that the innovative solutions crafted during the Ministerial Meeting have a meaningful and lasting impact on the communities they aim to serve.

Emphasizing concrete collaboration

The ministerial meeting of AIS Forum stresses the importance of strengthening the commitment to collaborate through implementation of concrete action under AIS framework

Strategic direction

The ministerial meeting acts as a platform to discuss strategic approach and plans for AIS Forum’s direction, before being presented and agreed in a high-level meeting.

With representation from 51 participating countries, the Ministerial Meeting becomes a dynamic convergence of diverse perspectives and shared commitment to fostering collaborative solutions. This inclusive gathering of Ministers and Senior Officials from archipelagic and island nations amplifies the depth and richness of the discussions, emphasizing the importance of collective intelligence in addressing the unique challenges within the four key thematic areas of the AIS Forum. The presence of representatives from 51 nations underscores the global significance of these collaborative endeavors, showcasing a united front in tackling shared issues.

The 5th Ministerial Meeting of the AIS Forum

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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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