STRONG High Seas Side Event – Towards an Effective High Seas Treaty: Building on and Strengthening Regional Ocean Governance

25/03/2019 - 1:15 - 2:30

Conference room 4, UN Headquarters

Strong regional and sectoral governance mechanisms can underpin an ambitious and effective international treaty, which can in turn provide further support for regional initiatives. Delegations and observers to the Intergovernmental Conference have been considering the role and contributions of existing organizations and instruments, but are yet to converge on a consensus regarding the modalities for effectively building on and fostering existing governance mechanisms within the framework of a future treaty.

This side event will briefly present the ongoing work of the STRONG High Seas project and provide an informal space for discussion of these issues.


Opening remarks

  • Nicola Breier, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

Setting the scene

  • Glen Wright, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI)
    • Lessons learnt from regional initiatives in ABNJ
  • Carole Durussel, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
    • Strengthening regional ocean governance for the high seas: opportunities and challenges in the Southeast Atlantic and Southeast Pacific
  • Kristina Gjerde, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
    • Underpinning a treaty with strong regional and sectoral governance

Panel discussion

Moderated by Sebastian Unger, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

  • Alejandro Anganuzzi, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Jessica Battle, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  • Mamadou Diallo, Delegation of the Government of Senegal
  • Cristóbal Hernández, Delegation of the Government of Chile