In a world where challenges and opportunities span across continents and oceans, international cooperation has become a driving force behind impactful solutions. The All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance (AAORIA) stands as a beacon of collaboration among nations, united by a shared commitment to harnessing the vast potential of the Atlantic Ocean. Through a carefully designed framework outlined in the “Terms of Reference of the AAORIA” stakeholders from around the Atlantic Ocean basin converge to shape a sustainable future for this vital resource.
A Foundation for Unity and Progress
The inception of AAORIA took place on a historic day, July 13, 2022, with representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, the European Union, Morocco, South Africa, and the United States gathering in Washington D.C., United States. Their collective vision, encapsulated in the All-Atlantic Declaration, laid the foundation for the alliance’s purpose. The primary goal of AAORIA is to facilitate coordination and synergy among its partners, furthering the objectives and principles enshrined in the Declaration.
Guided by a High-Level Board
At the heart of AAORIA’s operational structure is the High-Level Board (HLB). Comprising senior representatives from each partner nation, the HLB steers the strategic direction of the alliance. Chaired by the host of the upcoming AAORIA Forum, the HLB, along with its Vice Chairs, provides leadership and decision-making for the alliance’s activities.
A Collaborative Approach to Decision-Making
Transparency and consensus underscore AAORIA’s decision-making process. The quorum of at least three-quarters of partners is required for decisions taken at meetings, ensuring diverse perspectives are considered. Even outside formal meetings, decisions are reached collectively, promoting an inclusive and democratic approach. This spirit extends to potential partner admission and removal, ensuring a fair and deliberative process.
The Role of Partners and Supporters
Partners, automatic signatories of the All-Atlantic Declaration, are central to AAORIA’s success. They identify collaborative initiatives that align with the Declaration’s principles, championing diversity and inclusion while amplifying AAORIA’s activities on the global stage. Interested nations can become partners by following a defined process, demonstrating their commitment to the alliance’s vision.
Supporters, while not partners, play a pivotal role by contributing to AAORIA’s endeavors. Institutions within the Atlantic Ocean Basin can participate in AAORIA activities, fostering a vibrant ecosystem of innovation and research.
Shaping the Future through the AAORIA Forum
AAORIA’s impact reaches its zenith at the annual AAORIA Forum. Partners and supporters gather to celebrate achievements, deliberate on projects and programs, and chart the course for ocean research and innovation. The Forum serves as a platform for the formal introduction of new partners, enriching the alliance with fresh perspectives.
A Promising Voyage Ahead
As AAORIA’s journey unfolds, nations around the Atlantic Ocean basin are poised to transform challenges into opportunities. The non-binding nature of the “Terms of Reference of the AAORIA” encourages collaboration without imposing legal obligations, focusing instead on shared goals and aspirations. By fostering unity, harnessing innovation, and promoting sustainable practices, AAORIA stands as a testament to the power of international cooperation in safeguarding one of the world’s most precious resources—the Atlantic Ocean.