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The 4th Ministerial Meeting (MM) and the 6th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM)

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The Fourth Ministerial Meeting and Sixth Senior Officials Meeting of the Archipelagic and Island State (AIS) Forum

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Elevating AIS Forum Collaboration for Sustainable and Healthy Oceans

The majority of archipelagic and island states have been confronted with economic, and environmental hardships that affect capacities to attain their national and global development objectives. In recent years, the rapid effects of climate change (extreme weather, rising sea level, ocean acidification, and coral bleaching) coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic have aggravated existing problems, created numerous barriers, and imposed even higher costs for development.

Small island countries, in particular, have been among the worst hit by these multiple crises. The COVID-19 pandemic alone has resulted in a drop of small island countries’ GDP by 6.9%, compared to the average GDP drop among developing countries, which around 4.8% (IMF, 2020). The decline in international tourism, which estimated around 60 to 80% in the first and second year of the pandemic, has been argued to contribute to the significant economic loss of the small island countries. Other sectors of the ocean economy, such as fisheries, have also been heavily impacted. The reduction in global fishing efforts reduce potential income and place additional cost to support fishermen’s finances and livelihoods during the pandemic.

The tumultuous multiple crises and disruptions are certainly a distress signal and a wake-up call. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that innovative solutions and international collaboration are needed now more than ever to build back better and more sustainably leaving no one behind in the process. The crises also place archipelagic and island nations at a unique position to be the driving force. As an open-ended, inclusive, and development-focused ocean cooperation platform, the AIS Forum should utilize this unique opportunity to strengthen and elevate collaboration efforts and identify best strategies in allocating resources in effective and efficient manner. The AIS Forum should elevate these collaborative actions to the next level.

The results of the 2nd and the 3rd Ministerial Meetings of the AIS Forum have placed a concrete foundation for the AIS Forum moving forward. In 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AIS Forum has placed considerable interest on sustainable ecotourism and highlighted the importance of scaling back on mass tourism and shifting focus toward sustainability. The meetings have also strongly suggested that the blue economy be the leverage to further collaboration among AIS Forum participating countries. More importantly, the Ministerial Meetings mandated Indonesia to elevate discussion on the future framework of the AIS Forum through the meeting of the Leaders of the AIS Forum participating countries.

At a time when public finances are under more strain than ever, the mandate given to the AIS Forum secretariat to develop, identify, and accelerate the use of innovative and sustainable financial instruments of the blue economy demonstrate a far-reaching insight of the AIS Forum. The blue economy presents an opportunity for archipelagic and island states to make a “blue” recovery which puts them on a path to achieving SDG 14 and several other interrelated SDGs. The compounding stress on international development resources due to the ongoing multiple crisis makes the tailored and smart deployment of cooperative resources through blue economy more essential than ever.

Strengthening collaboration within the AIS Forum and improve its institutional framework should ensure global objectives set out by numerous agreements and frameworks are operationalized and pursued with urgency and efficiency among archipelagic and island states. The four key areas of cooperation have placed the AIS forum in an effective position to support participating states in finding solutions, recovering from the pandemic, and fulfilling their international commitments, which notably include the Stockholm Declaration on Human Environment, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, the Nagoya Protocol, the Convention on Biodiversity, the Paris Agreement, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Sendai Framework, and the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this sense, the meeting of the leaders of the AIS Forum, with the aim of solidifying commitments of cooperation and further discussion on the future framework AIS Forum are more crucial than ever.

As mandated by the 2nd and the 3rd Ministerial Meeting, the high-level meeting of the leaders/head of state/head of government of AIS Forum participating countries is important to further our concrete actions and cooperation. It presents a unique opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of our cooperation and our commitment going forward together at the global stage. The HLM will also elevate the image of the archipelagic and island people as part of the global community as we recover together in a renewed sense of solidarity. Furthermore, the upcoming HLM, is also expected to reaffirm our commitment to the future of the ocean and solidarity in concrete collaboration through strengthening the AIS Forum institutional framework.

This is the right momentum for AIS Forum to start institutionally preparing to be an organization. In the next five years, the Forum will prepare a stronger internal institutional arrangement that will use UNDP as the main benchmark of operation with some adjustments to the nature of its participating countries. In the end, the ultimate goals are to develop the AIS Forum, so it becomes an ideal organization with strong institutional values, norms, and standards. The 4th MM will serve as the steppingstone to identify ways, means, and strategies to strengthen cooperation and moving the institutional framework of AIS Forum to the next level.

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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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