15 January 2015, UN; The Maldives led its first plenary session of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) today as the new chair of the global coalition of small island and coastal nations.
“This is a crucial time for AOSIS: the twin tracks of sustainable development and climate change will converge, creating ample opportunity and space for AOSIS to maneuver. This is the time for AOSIS countries to make the most crucial decisions for the future of our people. And the Maldives is honoured to have been entrusted with this esteemed groups’ leadership at this crucial time”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms Dunya Maumoon, in a message to the meeting.
The country takes on the leadership role during a full calendar for the dual challenges of sustainable development and climate change, with discussions underway on defining the post-2015 development agenda and, later in the year, critical UNFCCC talks at COP 21 in Paris.
“As one of the founding members of AOSIS, it is a great honour to assume this stewardship role on what is the eve of the coalition’s twenty-fifth anniversary, and also during a critical year for international efforts to address sustainable development and climate change,” said Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, the Maldives’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the group’s chair.
“Political momentum for action on these urgent issues is building and the Maldives is committed doing everything we can to seize this opportunity to improve the quality of life for island people and all vulnerable communities around the world,” he concluded.
The Alliance of Small Island States functions as an ad hoc lobby and negotiating voice for small island developing States (SIDS) within the United Nations system and worldwide. Maldives assumed its Chairmanship on 1 January 2015.