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Senior Official Meetings

1st Senior Official Meeting

On November 21–22, 2017, the 1st Senior Official Meeting (SOM) for the establishment of the AIS Forum was hosted by the Government of Indonesia, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment, in Jakarta, Indonesia. The meeting was attended by representatives from 18 AIS participating countries and was used to determine the basic structure of the AIS forum as well as identify areas of potential future collaboration between AIS participating countries. Attending AIS participating countries also requested the Government of Indonesia and UNDP provide a more coherent concept note that clarified:

  • The structure and mechanism of the forum

  • Core issues to be covered

  • Options for financing, including the possibility of establishing a voluntary trust fund for the AIS Forum.

2nd Senior Official Meeting

In 2018, Indonesia again held the 2nd AIS Senior Official Meeting as a follow-up to the 1st SOM. This forum is a collaboration with UNDP and was held in Jakarta. 2nd SOM AIS invited 46 countries on 6-8 September 2018 in Jakarta.

The agenda discussed in the 2nd SOM included various marine issues such as the implementation of the:

  • Blue economy

  • Marine pollution including marine debris

  • Sustainable fisheries

  • Impact of climate change.

Then the forms of cooperation that will be carried out include: sharing of information, technical assistance and capacity building among the participants present.

3rd Senior Official Meeting

The 3rd SOM for the establishment of the AIS Forum was hosted by the Government of Indonesia (Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment) in Manado, Indonesia. The meeting was attended by representatives from 21 AIS countries and was held as a follow-up to the 2nd SOM of the AIS Forum, conducted in preparation for the official establishment of the Forum.

4th Senior Official Meeting

On October 31, 2019, the 4th AIS Forum SOM was held by the Government of Indonesia, with support from the UNDP Indonesia, in the City of Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The meeting was structured to identify issues in the four main areas of cooperation of the AIS Forum, which include: climate change mitigation and adaptation, the blue economy, marine plastic debris, and good maritime governance. Additionally, the role of the private sector was another main theme of discussion. Lastly, potential points of collaboration that could be facilitated through future activities of the AIS Forum were discussed and developed into a Final Outcome document for official review and approval in the 2nd MM.

5th Senior Official Meeting

On 10th November 2020, the 5th Senior Official Meeting of the AIS Forum was held by the Government of Indonesia, with support from the UNDP Indonesia, on a virtual platform, through video conference. Themes for discussion focused on four key themes: Sustainable Ocean Development; Blue Economy Strategic Cooperation; Blue Digital Connectivity, and; Ocean Sustainability Investment. The Meeting discussed the Work Plan of the AIS Forum for 2021 and Beyond, the preparation of the upcoming 3rd Ministerial Meeting on 25th November 2020 and the AIS Forum High-Level Meeting which will be held in 2022. A Final Outcome document was prepared for official review and approval in the 3rd MM.

6th Senior Official Meeting

On 5th December 2022, the 6th Senior Official Meeting of the AIS Forum was held by the Government of Indonesia, with support from the UNDP Indonesia, at Bali, Indonesia. Themes for discussion focused on two key themes:

  1. Blue Strategic Cooperation

  2. The 1st High Level Meeting (HLM) as the Avenue to Elevate AIS Forum Collaboration

The Meeting discussed the preparation of the upcoming 4th Ministerial Meeting on 6th December 2022 and the AIS Forum High-Level Meeting which will be held in 2023. A Final Outcome document was prepared for official review and approval in the 4th MM.

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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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