The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Global Ocean Forum (GOF) project on Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction has developed the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Regional Leaders Program. This program is designed to strengthen the capacity of leaders from developing countries and small island developing States (SIDS) at the regional and national levels to better address ABNJ resources and issues and to more effectively participate in global and regional ABNJ discussions.

The 2016 session of the ABNJ Regional Leaders Program, organized by the GOF and University of Delaware with FAO and other project partners, will select up to 8 regional and national leaders to participate in the session on March 21 to April 2, 2016 at the United Nations in New York. Travel and per diem costs of the participants will be supported by the project, with preference given to applicants from developing countries and SIDS. Additional self-funded qualified participants may be accommodated, subject to space considerations.

“Regional leaders” include staff/officers of, and representatives of state parties to, regional organizations (e.g., Regional Seas Programs, regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs), Large Marine Ecosystem Programs, regional economic organizations), which carry out regional activities related to the management of the environment and resources relevant to areas beyond national jurisdiction. “National leaders” include government officers and subject matter specialists in relevant government agencies, e.g., Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Fisheries, responsible for the management of national activities (or activities of their nationals) in ABNJ, either based in national capitals or those assigned to the permanent missions to the UN in New York.

For more information on the 2016 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program, please click here. For information on the 2015 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program, please click here.

To apply for the 2016 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program, please fill out the application form, and send to Dr. Miriam Balgos (miriambalgos@globaloceans.org) by February 8, 2016.

The Global Ocean Forum, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission/UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Ocean and Climate Platform, the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan), and the University of Delaware, together with 40 collaborating partners organized the Oceans Day at COP 21 in Paris. The purpose of the Oceans Day was to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) and beyond. The Oceans Day at COP 21 (Friday, December 4, 2015) was held at the Rio Conventions Pavilion (in the Civil Society Zone) in cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat.

For more information about the Oceans Day at COP 21, including the summary report and coverage, please click here.

Dec 2 Recommendations on Oceans and Climate – long version

Dec 7 Recommendations from Oceans Day – short version

The global oceans community supports and urges States Parties and Observers in the UNFCCC climate negotiations to reach an ambitious legally binding agreement at the COP 21 in Paris in December 2015 adopting stringent and immediate reductions in CO2 emissions. This is essential to ensure the continuing functioning of the oceans in sustaining life on Earth, and to avoid disastrous consequences on ocean and coastal communities around the world.

For the full statement given by Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, GOF President, at the World Oceans Day, 8 June 2015, UNESCO, Paris, please see here: GOF Statement on Oceans and Climate June 8 2015

Posted by: globaloceanforum | March 12, 2015

NEW: Update on ABNJ Workshop – Presentations Now Available

On 17-20 February 2015, the Global Ocean Forum and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) co-organized a Workshop on Linking Global and Regional Levels in the Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction at FAO headquarters in Rome, with funding support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The workshop was conducted in collaboration with the project partners of the GEF/FAO/GOF Project on Strengthening Capacity to Effectively Manage ABNJ as part of the GEF/FAO Program on Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (“Common Oceans,” www.commonoceans.org). Over one hundred participants convened for an open and constructive policy dialogue for supporting national, regional, and global processes in place (formal and informal) in enhancing ecosystem approaches to the management of ABNJ.

For more information about the workshop, including agenda, list of participants, and presentations, please click here.

The Global Ocean Forum (GOF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in special cooperation with the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) and the project partners of the Global Environment Facility/Food and Agriculture Organization/Global Ocean Forum Project on Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage ABNJ, as part of the GEF/FAO Program on Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (“Common Oceans”) (www.commonoceans.org) will be hosting a Workshop on Linking Global and Regional Levels in the Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction from the 17th to 20th of February, 2015.

This workshop will foster an open and constructive policy dialogue for supporting national, regional, and global processes in place (formal and informal) in enhancing ecosystem approaches to the management of ABNJ, by bringing together representatives from all sectors with expertise, knowledge and experience in ABNJ issues including: global, regional, and national decision-makers; representatives from the fishing, shipping, and other industries operating in ABNJ; UN delegates; intergovernmental organizations; non-governmental organizations; participants in the Common Oceans Program (see http://www.commonoceans.org); policy experts; legal scholars; and academics, to address major topics including: the importance of ABNJ; major uses and issues in ABNJ; experiences, priorities, and opportunities at the regional level: South Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Pacific, North Atlantic, and Mediterranean; advancing regional management of ABNJ; and drawing lessons learned and charting directions.

For more information, please find a flyer of our workshop linked here or contact:

Mr. Marco Boccia (marco.boccia@fao.org)

Dr. Miriam Balgos (miriambalgos@globaloceans.org)

*Please note that registration is now closed.

Posted by: Global Ocean Forum | July 11, 2014

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