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Launch of the AOSIS Oceans Report

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New York — 24 November 2020 – A report by Australia’s University of Wollongong has found that capacity building within small island developing states is vital to the success of any international agreement governing the conservation of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. The legally-binding international agreement around marine biodiversity in international waters (the […]

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AOSIS’ Remarks: Climate Dialogues Opening 2020

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23 November 2020 (12:00pm – 2:45pm CET)Climate Dialogues OpeningRemarks by Mr. Carlos Fuller, Lead Climate Negotiator for AOSIS: The Alliance of Small Island States welcomes the convening of the November Climate Dialogues and the objective to progress the substantive climate agenda. In the midst of the COVID-19 upheaval, there has been no reprieve from constant […]

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Lessons from the Kyoto Protocol

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As the US threatens to scupper another all important climate treaty, we see why the Paris Agreement may not collapse as easily as Kyoto. By Carlos Fuller, Lead Climate Negotiator, AOSIS Before the Paris Agreement, there was the Kyoto Protocol, a climate treaty once regarded as humanity’s last hope, but that has now been relegated […]

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Launch of “The Ocean and Us” story map

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The United Nations are in the midst of negotiating an international legally binding instrument under United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement). The Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Co-Chairs for the negotiations, Barbados and Belize, recognising that enhanced regional […]

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AOSIS to Speak at World Ocean Summit

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Ambassador Lois Young, Belize’s permanent representative at the United Nations and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS), will be a speaker at this year’s staging of the World Ocean Summit. “The new ocean agenda” themed event will be held March 9 to 10 at Hotel Okura Tokyo in Japan. The Summit […]

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Enter UNDP’s Ocean Innovation Challenge

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently launched the Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) to accelerate progress on SDG 14: Life Below Water. The OIC is seeking innovations that are transferable, replicable and scalable. Grants range from $50,000 to $250,000. The first of several planned OICs focuses on SDG 14.1:Reduce Marine Pollution See UNDP Press Release. […]

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COP 25 – AOSIS Closing Statement

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Madrid, Spain; Sunday, December 12, 2015 Madam President, I have the honour of speaking on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island States. We are especially appreciative of the COP President’s extraordinary work in convening and executing COP 25, in partnership with the Kingdom of Spain, our host country. AOSIS is also thankful for the leadership […]

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Summary: AOSIS Ministerial Briefing

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Carlos Fuller, the Alliance’s lead negotiator, chaired an unprecedented AOSIS Ministerial Press Conference this afternoon at COP 25. Mr. Fuller said, AOSIS “hastily convened this press conference because COP 25 is demonstrating very little ambition. COP 25 is a defining moment for us. It must trigger a decade of ambition. We are appalled at the […]