From 24 to 25 January 2019, the work of the PROG and the IASS was exhibited at a multi-stakeholder dialogue and capacity-building partnership event in New York, organized in support of the United Nations Regular Process.
The STRONG High Seas project released a report titled ‘Strengthening Regional Ocean Governance for the High Seas: Opportunities and Challenges to Improve the Legal and Institutional Framework of the Southeast Atlantic and Southeast Pacific‘.
STRONG High Seas was presented during a poster session by Co-Lead Ben Boteler at the side event Marine Biodiversity – Creating and Exchanging Solutions for our Blue World: Reflections and Lessons Learned from International Climate Initiative Projects for Achieving the Aichi Targets and the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
Heads of States and government from 65 countries gathered in Paris to mark the end of the First World War and attended the Paris Peace Forum after the Remembrance Day ceremony led by French President Emmanuel Macron. Selected to present challenges related to regional ocean governance, the PROG team joined the world leaders in the Peace Forum held in Paris, France from 11 to 13 November 2018.
On 14 November 2018, the first trailer the Marine Regions Forum was released on the IASS Youtube Channel. Please watch the Marine Regions Forum trailer from here. The video illustrates how the Forum is getting developed with guidance and inputs from international ocean experts. To get further information on the Marine Regions Forum please see the project page.
Dr. Carole Durussel, Co-Lead of the STRONG High Seas project, presented the recently published policy brief titled ‘Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Options for Underpinning a Strong Global BBNJ Agreement through Regional and Sectoral Governance’ at the International Symposium on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) that took place on 16-17 October 2018 in Xiamen, China. Read more STRONG High Seas presented at International Symposium in China
More than 40 international scientists, policy-makers and civil society representatives got together at the IASS from 8 to 9 October 2018 to discuss a new international dialogue forum for regional ocean governance. The forum, called the Marine Regions Forum, will be a multi-stakeholder platform that will bring together different actors including Governments, international organizations, scientists, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations.
On 8 September 2018 in New York, the STRONG High Seas project, together with Germany, the Abidjan Convention Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific, hosted a high-level expert meeting alongside the first meeting working towards a new high seas treaty. Read more High-Level Expert Meeting – Building a Strong High Seas Treaty: What is the Role for Regional Ocean Governance?
On 3 September 2018 in New York, the STRONG High Seas project, together with Germany, the Abidjan Convention Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific, hosted a capacity building workshop to support State delegates to the negotiations on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). Read more STRONG High Seas Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Capacity Building Workshop
Representatives from Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria, Togo and Senegal as well as global and regional organisations, regional scientific institutions, academia and NGOs took part in a two-day workshop organised by the STRONG High Seas Project and the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention. Read more Opportunities for Strengthening Ocean Governance in the Southeast Atlantic – STRONG High Seas Dialogue Workshop 1