The objectives of the commission include the followings.
To promote island studies in geographical sciences among international geographical research communities. The IGU Commission on Islands works together with related IGU Commissions and other relevant national and international organizations in promoting research on and awareness of island development issues, as well as to strengthen the significance of the wealth of diversity of island cultures.
To provide a platform for connecting island studies with existing international programs and to actively contribute to the research and development activities of regional and international networks and organizations.
To promote the study of island geography in education programs at all levels, especially but not exclusively in island societies.
To support and promote the publication of island geographic research.
Dialogue and Development
To collaborate with international and regional organizations to enhance dialogue on sustainable development of island societies.