The Marine Regions Forum 2019 came at a crucial time for global ocean governance. The negotiation of a new legally-binding instrument for biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), the upcoming Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), and the implementation of the Agenda 2020 with the Sustainable Development Goal 14 are just a few of the many processes that offer windows of opportunity for strengthening ocean governance but require strong engagement, coordination, and cooperation between and within marine regions.
In addition, 2020 will be the year where a stock taking of ocean sustainability will happen. As four targets under SDG 14 have their deadlines set for 2020, 2019 is an important moment in time to reflect on ways to achieve sustainability transformations needed at the regional scale and to examine areas for further improvement for actions beyond 2020.
This year’s conference was held under the overarching theme
“Achieving a healthy ocean – Regional ocean governance beyond 2020”.
The Marine Regions Forum highlighted regional good practice examples. It aimed to catalyze solutions and partnerships across sectors to address critical challenges of ocean sustainability. By offering an informal space for dialogue and co-designing of solutions, the Marine Regions Forum facilitated the development of new frameworks, concepts and cross-sectoral partnerships at the regional level.
In the following pages, you can find out more about the themes, speakers and programme of the Marine Regions Forum 2019 which was held from 30 September to 2 October 2019 at the Vienna House Andel’s Hotel in Berlin, Germany.