Regional action across boundaries, actors, and sectors is key to conservation and sustainable use of the ocean. Sweden is stepping up its engagement by funding the Marine Regions Forum – a dialogue and learning platform for the world’s marine regions in support of ocean governance.
The Marine Regions Forum brings together experts and actors from decision-making, academia, the civil society, and industry to discuss pressing ocean issues, develop recommendations, and build collaborations for effective ocean action.
The Marine Regions Forum, originally launched in 2019 and co-hosted by Germany and the European Commission, will now receive further funding by the Government of Sweden (Ministry of the Environment). The European Commission and the Federal Government of Germany are still supporting the Forum, together with the Government of France and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
The Marine Regions Forum operates in three areas: support for development of the marine regions, fostering of dialogue between marine regions, and providing regional ocean governance with a voice in global processes.
By the end of 2022 or early 2023, COVID-19 pandemic allowing, the second edition of the Marine Regions Forum conference will be organized in the Western Indian Ocean in cooperation with the Nairobi Convention. The meeting will showcase progress, challenges and future opportunities in ocean governance and aims to accelerate transformative action in that region. Moreover, the forum will enable dialogue and exchange between regional and global actors.
Delivering on a Voluntary Commitment made at the UN Ocean Conference, the Marine Regions Forum is organized by the Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance (PROG) – a collaborative science-society-policy initiative by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), and TMG – Think Tank for Sustainability.
A second workshop dedicated to the role of marine regions in the recovery from COVID-19 will take place on Wednesday 6 October to assess current regional initiatives and discuss conditions for a sustainable blue recovery of marine regions, including through enhanced regional collaboration.
This online workshop builds on the Marine Regions Forum 2019 and the January 2021 webinar Ocean governance and COVID-19 – Building resilience for marine regions.
The Marine Regions Forum Online Workshop on ‘Ocean Governance and COVID-19 – Building resilience for marine regions’ took place on Thursday, 28 January 2021.
Read more Online Workshop on: Ocean Governance and COVID-19 – Building resilience for marine regions
The next decade will be crucial for the health and future of the Ocean. What role can marine regions play in efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? Which approaches have proven successful and what can be done to enhance their coordination?
Drawing on discussions held at the Marine Regions Forum 2019 and the contributions of participants, the conference organisers (IASS, IDDRI and TMG – Think Tank for Sustainability) have formulated eight Key Messages to support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the planning of effective measures to protect the oceans.
Read more Key Messages from the Marine Regions Forum 2019 at UN 2020 Ocean Conference preparatory meeting
From 30 – 31 May, the PROG Marine Regions Forum project attended the UN Meeting of the Communities of Ocean Action (COAs) in Incheon, South Korea. The Meeting brought together the Voluntary Commitments (VCs) made at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference – a growing list that now includes more than 1,500 commitments for action to advance the implementation of SDG 14. Read more PROG at Meeting of the Communities of Ocean Action “From Commitments to Action: Implementing SDG14,” 30-31 May 2019, Incheon
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.
Read more PROG team joined world leaders at the Paris Peace Forum
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.
Read more Towards an International Forum for Regional Ocean Governance
PROG activities and the Marine Regions Forum were presented by Barbara Neumann (IASS) and Glen Wright (IDDRI) at the 2nd SOI Global Dialogue in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Read more PROG and Marine Regions Forum @ Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue
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.
Read more Marine Regions Forum Trailer