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AOSIS SUMMIT:

The next missed opportunity was the AOSIS Summit. Although not an official part of the Conference, the Summit was supposed to take advantage of the presence of the many high-level representatives from AOSIS member States to chart the future direction of the Alliance. However, due to the lack of a clear agenda, lack of sufficient preparation and the absence of some important figures, the Summit achieved much less than was hoped and expected. Rather than set a pointed direction for the future, the Summit, which lasted for less than two hours, marked time by noting what AOSIS had accomplished at the Conference. There clearly remain differences in vision between the Pacific and the Caribbean, the former being less concerned with UN-related issues since many are not members of the world body. In spite of the Alliance's accomplishments at this Conference, it will not be all smooth sailing for AOSIS in the future.