Posted by: globaloceanforum | July 26, 2017

Side Event on Capacity Development in ABNJ at BBNJ PrepCom 4

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The United Nations held the fourth meeting of the Preparatory Committee established by the General Assembly resolution 69/292: Development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ PrepCom 4) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 to 21 July 2017. In parallel to this important effort to strengthen legal institutions around ABNJ, the Global Ocean Forum, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UNEP World Conservation and Monitoring Centre (WCMC), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) and the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation co-organized the side event. Please see the attached leaflet for the event.

The side event focused on modalities, experiences, and lessons learned in existing efforts at capacity development in ABNJ, and explored possible ways of moving forward on this central issue in the BBNJ process. 13 speakers presented their perspectives on the capacity development discussions in the BBNJ process thus far, best practices from existing capacity development efforts, and options for future capacity development in ABNJ to over 60 attendees. Members of the Global Ocean Forum also presented the results of a capacity development needs assessment survey, conducted as part of the GEF/FAO/GOF Common Oceans Project.

Resources:

Summary documents:

Summary and Outcomes

Common Oceans Capacity Development in ABNJ Survey Results

Presentations:

Introduction by the Co-Chairs – Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, Global Ocean Forum and Mr. Blaise Kuemlangan, FAO

Overview of Capacity Development Issues and Possibilities in the BBNJ Process – Dr. Marjo Vierros, Global Ocean Forum

Lessons Learned Regarding Capacity Building in ABNJ: Emphasis on RFMOs and Tuna Management – Mr. Alejandro Anganuzzi, FAO and IOTC

Lessons Learned Regarding Capacity Building in ABNJ: Regional Experiences on Area-Based Planning and Management in ABNJ – Ms. Merete Tandstad, FAO, and Ms. Hannah Thomas, UNEP World Conservation and Monitoring Centre

Relevant Experiences on Capacity Development from Related Conventions – Ms. Leah Karrer, Global Environment Facility

Perspectives on Capacity Development and Technology Transfer – Ms. Harriet Harden-Davies, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Expert and University of Wollongong

Posted by: globaloceanforum | July 21, 2017

First Working Meeting of the ROCA Partners, 22-23 May 2017

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The Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action (ROCA) is a multi-stakeholder initiative involving governments, international agencies, NGOs, scientific institutions, private sector, and subnational authorities to advance the oceans and climate agenda (especially in the UNFCCC, the UN Ocean Conference, and in other United Nations fora), and at the national level in all countries.  ROCA was launched at the UNFCCC COP 22 in Marrakech, Morocco.  The ROCA works to implement the Strategic Action Roadmap on Oceans and Climate:  2016-2021, first discussed at the Oceans Day at COP 21 in Paris 2015, and then prepared in detail by 37 international experts throughout 2016 and highlighted at the Oceans Action Day at COP 22 Marrakech (November 12, 2016).

The ROCA partners held their first Working Meeting on 22-23 May 2017 at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) headquarters in Paris, France. The purpose of this Working Meeting was to operationalize the five-year ROCA initiative together with partners and other interested parties, and to discuss and move forward on priority actions to advance the oceans and climate agenda in the next five years.  A more detailed description of the ROCA initiative is found later in this post.

The intent of the Working Meeting is to move forward on the oceans and climate agenda, with special emphasis on the low carbon Blue Economy, at the national level and in all relevant UN fora, especially the UNFCCC, contributing as well to advancing the oceans and climate issues through the forthcoming Our Ocean Conferences (Malta 2017, European Commission; Indonesia 2018, Government of Indonesia; Norway 2019, Government of Norway).

Type of Partners involved

Governments, international agencies, provincial and local governments, civil society (NGOs, private sector, academic/scientific institutions)

ROCA Leadership

Global Ocean Forum * Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO * Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan * Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal

Initial Partners

Coastal Zone Canada Association * Conservation International * Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative * Duke University * EUCC * Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations * Future Ocean Alliance * IUCN * Global Ocean Forum * Government of Grenada *  Government of Palau * Government of Seychelles * Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO * International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification* Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan * Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal * Ocean Recovery Alliance, Hong Kong* Pacific Community * Plymouth Marine Laboratory * Scripps Institution of Oceanography * South Pacific Regional Environment Programme * The Nature Conservancy * University of Delaware * UN Environment * World Ocean Network * World Ocean Observatory *

Formal Registration of ROCA

ROCA is being registered as an initiative in the UNFCCC context and as a voluntary commitment in the UN Ocean Conference, June 2017

Expressions of Interest in ROCA

Expressions of interest to participate in the ROCA initiative will be considered by the ROCA leadership.  Please send a note regarding your interest to Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, Global Ocean Forum, bilianacicin-sain@globaloceans.org

Implementing the Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action

ROCA works to implement the recommendations the Roadmap presents in six major areas:  1.  Central of role of oceans in regulating climate, 2. Mitigation, 3.  Adaptation and Blue Economy, 4.  Displacement, 5.  Financing, and 6.  Capacity development, for implementation in the next 5 years.

For each of these issues, the Roadmap addresses:

1)  the current status of the issue (and, as relevant, the science related to the issue)

2)  the current state of play of the issue within the UNFCCC

3)  the opportunities and pathways that may be available within the UNFCCC to advance the issue in the next five years

4)  the opportunities and pathways that may be available outside of the UNFCCC to advance the issue

5)  financial considerations regarding each issue

The Roadmap report features a Foreword by H.E. Ambassador Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues, Republic of Seychelles; H.E. Ambassador Caleb Otto, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Palau to the United Nations; and H.E. Ambassador Angus Friday, Ambassador to the Unites States of America, the United Mexican States, and the Organization of American States, Embassy of Grenada, Washington DC.

Resources:

Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action Initiative (ROCA) (brochure)

Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action Report: https://globaloceanforumdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/strategic-action-roadmap-on-oceans-and-climate-november-2016.pdf 

Summary of Roadmap: https://globaloceanforumdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/final-roadmap-summary-nov-7-2016.pdf 

Final Program with Detailed Times Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action May 22-23, 2017 UNESCO

Advancing the Oceans and Climate Agenda for the Next Five Years

Outcomes and List of Participants ROCA Meeting May 22-23, 2017 UNESCO

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The Oceans Action Day at COP 22, part of the UNFCCC Global Climate Action Agenda, is organized under the leadership of H.E. Minister Hakima El Haité, High-Level Champion for Climate Change, Morocco, and H.E. Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Morocco. The main organizers of Oceans Action Day at COP 22 are the Government of Morocco, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Global Ocean Forum, and the Ocean and Climate Platform.  The co-organizers include the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission/UNESCO; the Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan; the Oceano Azul Foundation and Oceanario de Lisboa, Portugal; and the World Bank. Please see the Oceans Action Day at COP 22 leaflet.

The Oceans Action Day at COP 22 will bring together leaders in the UNFCCC negotiations, high-level representatives from governments, intergovernmental/international organizations, and civil society to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at COP 22 and beyond. The major objectives are to:

– Highlight examples of adoption and implementation of the Paris Agreement;

– Lend political support and provide suitable policy options in the implementation of actions on oceans, seas, coasts, and small island developing States (SIDS) issues in the context of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 14 on oceans and seas;

– Connect the oceans, coasts and climate initiatives generated at and following COP 21 with national actions plans, initiatives and commitments, such as the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the SDGs (as called for in the Road Map for Global Climate Action);

– Showcase and promote financial support and capacity development to enable nations to fulfill their NDCs, with special emphasis on oceans, seas and coasts, and on the concerns from SIDS and African States;

– Develop specific next steps for advancing the oceans and climate issues in the UNFCCC process in the next phase, as part of the Road Map for Global Climate Action, and to implement UN SDG 14.

As part of the UNFCCC Global Climate Action Agenda, all presentations at the Oceans Action Day are expected to stress their connection to particular initiatives and actions that will be taken to advance the oceans and climate issues in the context of the UNFCCC.

All are welcome to participate in the Oceans Action Day at COP 22. However, space is limited and priority will be given to government delegations. All participants need to register by sending a filled out registration form to Ms. Nicole Rucker, mnrucker@udel.edu, by November 7, 2016. Please note that all participants must be accredited to the Blue Zone.

As a part of Blue Week Grenada 2016, the Global Ocean Forum, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the University of Delaware’s Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, and the project partners of the Global Environment Facility/ Food and Agriculture Organization/ Global Ocean Forum 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 (“CommonOceans,” www.commonoceans.org) organized a workshop on Capacity Development to Improve the Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ): Needs, Experiences, Options, and Opportunities, held from May 18-21, 2016 in St. George’s, Grenada.

The workshop brought together 55 participants representing various stakeholders, including governments, international organizations, civil society and national and regional ocean leaders to:

1. Discuss and exchange information and perspectives towards a broader understanding of the needs and opportunities in the development of capacity regarding ABNJ

2. Contribute information on capacity development to the global deliberations towards a legally-binding international instrument on BBNJ under UNCLOS; and

3. Formulate next steps in the way forward in advancing capacity development regarding ABNJ, building on past and ongoing initiatives and experiences (especially the outputs of the GEF/FAO Common Oceans Program), and responding to global prescriptions on capacity development regarding marine resources and their management.

Resources:

Workshop Agenda

Workshop List of Participants

SESSION 1. OPENING SESSION: THE CENTRALITY OF CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT IN NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN MARINE AREAS BEYOND NATIONAL JURISDICTION (ABNJ) AND TO PROMOTE BLUE GROWTH

The GEF/FAO Common Oceans Program – Nicole Glineur, Program Manager, Biodiversity and Private Sector, Global Environment Facility

Capacity Development – A Common Thread through the GEF/FAO Common Oceans Program – Jacqueline Alder, Fish Code Manager, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO

The Importance of Wise EEZ and ABNJ Management – H.E. Dr. Caleb Otto, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Palau to the United Nations

Overview of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) BBNJ Process – Thembile Joyini, Counsellor (Legal Advisor/Sixth Committee), Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations

Capacity as an Essential Element of New Economic Developments in ABNJ – Sainivalati S. Navoti, Senior Legal Officer, International Seabed Authority

SESSION 2. THE EVOLUTION OF GLOBAL PROVISIONS ON CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT ON OCEANS TOWARD ENHANCED IMPLEMENTATION

Overview of the Global Provisions in Capacity Development on Oceans and Their Implementation – Biliana Cicin-Sain, Global Ocean Forum and University of Delaware

Overview of Ongoing discussions on Capacity Development in the BBNJ PrepCom Process – Prim Masrinuan, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Thailand to the United Nations

SESSION 3. CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT REGARDING AREA-BASED MANAGEMENT IN ABNJ

Overview of the Application of Area-based Management Approaches and Tools to ABNJ (Cross-sectoral and Sectoral), Challenges, Lessons Learned, Possible Future Directions – Marjo Vierros, Senior Adjunct Fellow, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

Overview of Ongoing Discussions on Area-Based Management in the BBNJ PrepCom Process – Lizanne Aching, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations

Collaboration Among Regional Institutions on Area-Based Management in the Mediterranean – Daniel Cebrian Menchero, Strategic Actions Programme Officer, Mediterranean Action Plan, Regional Activity Center for Marine Protected Areas, Tunisia

SESSION 4. MOBILIZING FOR CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT IMPLEMENTATION IN ABNJ

Capacity Development, the Blue Economy and Possible Mechanisms for Mobilization in ABNJ and in EEZs – Indumathie Hewawasam, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Ocean Forum and John Virdin, Director, Oceans and Coastal Policy Program, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University

SESSION 5. BREAK-OUT GROUP DISCUSSIONS: CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT IN ABNJ: WHAT POSSIBLE MODALITIES FOR AREA-BASED MANAGEMENT IN ABNJ AND REQUISITE CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT AT THE REGIONAL LEVELS?

ABNJ Capacity Project Survey on ABNJ Capacity Needs – Erica Wales, University of Delaware, and Miriam Balgos, University of Delaware and the Global Ocean Forum

Breakout Group Presentations

Asia

Africa

Latin America & the Caribbean

Pacific

SIDE EVENT: The Sargasso Sea Commission: An Innovative Approach to the Conservation of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

The Sargasso Sea Commission: An Innovative Approach to the Conservation of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction – David Freestone, Executive Secretary, Sargasso Sea Commission

 

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.

The application period for the 2016 session of the ABNJ Regional Leaders Program has now ended.

For more information about the ABNJ Regional Leaders Program, please click here.

Resources:

MODULE 1. OVERVIEW OF ABNJ RESOURCES AND ISSUES

Introduction to the Course

ABNJ: Why Should You Care?

MODULE 2. THE LEGAL AND POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR MANAGING AREAS BEYOND NATIONAL JURISDICTION—GLOBAL LEVEL

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

MODULE 3. EXISTING USES OF THE ABNJ AND AUTHORITIES AND PROCESSES RELATED TO ABNJ AT THE GLOBAL LEVEL

Fisheries

Deep Seabed Mining

Marine Genetic Resources and Bioprospecting

Regional Fishery Management Organizations

Submarine Cables and Global Telecommunications

MODULE 4. AREA-BASED APPROACHES TO MANAGEMENT OF ABNJ

Area-Based Management – Existing Experiences in EEZ and Coastal Zones

Tools for Area-Based Management

Applying Area-Based Management Planning to ABNJ: Challenges and Opportunities

MODULE 5. GLOBAL NEGOTIATIONS REGARDING ABNJ: EVOLUTION OF NEGOTIATIONS, ISSUES, CONDUCT OF THE PREPCOM ON BBNJ

Global Negotiations on ABNJ

MODULE 6. CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT REGARDING ABNJ

Capacity Development in ABNJ: Capacity Needs

Capacity Development Initiatives at UN-DOALOS

MODULE 7. PROTECTION OF MARINE BIODIVERSITY: SCIENCE TOOLS AND APPROACHES

Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)

Convention on Biological Diversity’s Programme of Work on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

MODULE 8. AUTHORITIES AND PROCESSES RELATED TO ABNJ AT THE REGIONAL LEVEL: EXPERIENCES AND LESSONS LEARNED

Regional Authorities and Experiences – The Sargasso Sea Case

UNEP Regional Seas Programs

Large Marine Ecosystems

MODULE 9. PREPARING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PREPCOM NEGOTIATIONS: HOW THE UN WORKS AND THE DYNAMICS OF INTERNATIONAL OCEAN NEGOTIATIONS

Climate and Oceans

A View from Outside the UN

Side Event at the 1st Session of the Preparatory Committee Established by the UN General Assembly Resolution 69/292 “Development of an International Legally Binding Instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction” on Regional and National Perspectives on Area-Based Management and Capacity Development Needs in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ): Examples from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands Regions

Introduction

Africa

Asia

Latin America and the Caribbean

Pacific Islands

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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