17/06/2021 - 18/06/2021 - 9:00 - 1:00
The STRONG High Seas project will be running a series of virtual capacity development workshops through 2021.
We welcome anyone with an interest in Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction, with particular focus on the Abidjan Convention Region. We hope that the series will provide the participants with tools and knowledge to share with their colleagues and across national departments to help the countries of the Abidjan Convention to enhance ocean governance in the region and implement the BBNJ treaty in their national context after its ratification.
A certificate will be issued to all those who participate in a minimum four of the events in the series. Simultaneous translation will be available in English and French for all events.
The series will kick off with a two-day workshop on ‘An Introduction to the United Nations Law of the Sea and Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ)‘. This will be the first of five interactive virtual workshops in the capacity development series. And will be an introduction to the international regulatory framework governing the ocean and the ongoing formal negotiations for an international legally-binding instrument on marine biodiversity in the high seas (i.e. BBNJ negotiations). We will discuss the various opportunities and challenges for African countries to participate in and influence negotiations as well as the process to incorporate the treaty into national legal frameworks.
Event 1: An introduction to the United Nations Law of the Sea and Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction negotiations
Date: 17th and 18th June 2021
Time: 09:00 – 13:00 Abidjan Time * 11:00 – 15:00 South African Time