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Archipelagic and Island States Forum: Indonesia’s pivotal role

  • Luhut Pandjaitan and Christophe Bahuet

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Jakarta   /   Fri, November 2, 2018   /  11:07 am
Archipelagic and Island States Forum: Indonesia’s pivotal role The picturesque view of Bolilanga Island, a part of Togean Islands, an archipelago in the gulf of Tomini in Central Sulawesi. (Shutterstock/File)

On Nov. 1 in Manado, North Sulawesi, ministers and senior officials from 20 Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) adopted the declaration of the establishment of the AIS Forum. This landmark “Manado Declaration” expresses the commitment of participating countries to work together to address the challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation, including disaster preparedness, to promote the development of a sustainable blue economy, to take firm actions against marine plastic debris and to promote good maritime governance.

As the world’s largest archipelago and as a friend of other archipelagic and island countries, Indonesia in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has been playing a leading role in the establishment of the AIS Forum. Since the idea was first voiced in 2017, the expressions of interest and support that we ha...

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