1 November 2016, Male'; On 31 October 2016, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) confirmed Maldives to continue chairmanship of the group for the next two years (2017-2018) at its plenary meeting. Reacting to the decision of the AOSIS, Foreign Minister Dr Mohamed Asim said that “It’s an endorsement of the leadership that the Maldives has shown on global issues. The Maldives will remain committed to promoting issues relevant to the small island developing states”.
The Maldives has been the chair of AOSIS since January 2015 and worked with the membership of 44 States and observers, drawn from Africa, Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Pacific and South China Sea.
Under the Maldives chairmanship, AOSIS played a significant role in shaping international consensus on the 2030 Development Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement, both were concluded in 2015. “The Foreign Ministry’s partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Energy has been the key. Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, the Maldives Permanent Representative to the UN has been so skillful in steering the AOSIS towards these successes.” Minister Asim said.
The AOSIS was formed in 1990 following an initiative launched by the Maldives in 1989 at the first ever small states conference held in Kurumba Maldives in November 1989. Since then the Alliance has been the key global advocate on issues of climate change and sustainable development.