Maldives will assume the Chairmanship of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) on 1 January 2015.
During its tenure as the Chair, the Maldives will lead the voices of small island states through an year of milestones. During September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly will adopt the new development framework to follow from the Millenium Development Goals. In December 2015, the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is set to adopt a followup treaty to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2020.
The Maldives spearheaded the efforts to form AOSIS, following the first ever Small States Conference held on Sea Level Rise, held in Maldives in November 1989. And in the past twenty-five years, Maldives, through national, regional and international efforts, has undertaken several intiatves and been an agent of change on a wide variety of issues related to climate change and environmental degradation. The Maldives hopes to further strengthen the character and status of AOSIS as the norm entrepreneur and bridge builder, during its term as Chair.
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 global climate change. It functions primarily as an ad hoc lobby and negotiating voice for Small Island developing States (SIDS) within the United Nations system.