International Organisations


AOSIS is a coalition of small island and low-lying coastal countries that share similar development challenges and concerns about the environment, especially their vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change. 

It functions primarily as a lobby and negotiating voice for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) within the United Nations system. 

The Small States Conference on Sea Level Rise, held in the Malé from 14-18 November 1989, and the Malé Declaration on Global Warning and Sea Level Rise contributed to the creation of AOSIS.

The Maldives assumed the Chairmanship of AOSIS from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2018. During its tenure as the Chair, the Maldives aimed to lead the voices of small island states through a year of milestones. In addition, the Maldives also aimed to further strengthen the character and status of AOSIS as the norm entrepreneur and bridge builder, during its term as Chair.

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