Informal Meeting of Friends of BBNJ Capacity Development and Related Capacity Development Efforts

An Informal Meeting of Friends of BBNJ Capacity Development was held on Tuesday, August 27 2019, 18:15 to 19:45 in Room S-1522FC/S-1523FC, 15th Floor, UN Secretariat. Convened by the Global Ocean Forum and the State of Palestine, the event drew 52 Member States, UN agencies, and civil society participants to actively consider and act on ways of ad­vancing capacity building with adequate financing in the BBNJ process. Please find the official leaflet of the informal meeting here.

A well-structured BBNJ capacity building system involving global, regional, and national levels, and with adequate and stable financial support, will be essential for achieving the major purposes of the BBNJ Agreement. Capacity Development and Technology Transfer, the fourth major issue being addressed in the BBNJ process, is in fact, the “enabler” of the other three major issues (marine genetic resources and access to benefit sharing, area-based manage­ment, and environmental impact assessment).

The meeting provided an informal opportunity for discussing how an informal “Friends” group could assist Member States in achieving, and ultimately implementing, a set of ambitious capac­ity building measures in the International Agreement, by, e.g.: 1. Providing additional infor­mation/knowledge/research on issues requiring additional clarification; 2. Providing a forum for informal discussion of the issues; 3. Promoting pathways for the identification and eventual mobilization of resources from public and private sources to support capacity development and technology transfer. Please find the draft questions discussed at the meeting here.

Please find the official summary report of the meeting here.

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The meeting referenced two multi-author, multi-institutional Policy Briefs on capacity development:

–A Policy Brief on Capacity Development as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ)

–A Policy Brief on Capacity Development for Implementing the BBNJ Agreement:  Possible Modalities for Addressing Area-Based Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Marine Genetic Resources in the Context of Climate Change 

Please find a summary of the two Policy Briefs on Capacity Development here.

A brief overview/synopsis of the GEF/FAO/GOF project on Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) can be found here.

For further information about the Friends of BBNJ Capacity or the two Policy Briefs and related capacity development efforts, please contact Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum (bilianacicin-sain@globaloceans.org)

Acknowledgement for informal meeting  photography and photos is owed to Iwao Fujii, Ocean Policy Research Institute of Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan.

SEORS event on Addressing the IPCC Findings Relevant to the Ocean and Climate Nexus

A SEORS event titled Addressing the IPCC Findings Relevant to the Ocean and Climate Nexus took place on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 18:30 to 20:00 in the Berlin Room at the World Conference Center Bonn during the Bonn UN Climate Change Conference June 2019 (SB 50).  Please find the official SEORS Leaflet here

The co-sponsors of the event include the International Coastal and Ocean Organization (ICO/Global Ocean Forum), IOC/UNESCO, the Government of Maldives, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK, Ocean Policy Research Institute, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan, and the Governments of Fiji, Sweden, Chile and Indonesia.

Please find a summary of the SEORS event here.

Please find PDFs of the PowerPoint presentations give at the SEORS event here.

Announcing Draft of Second Policy Brief on Capacity Development for Implementing the BBNJ Agreement and UN Side Event at the forthcoming BBNJ Intergovernmental Conference

To contribute to the forthcoming BBNJ negotiations, a Draft of the Policy Brief on Capacity Development for Implementing the BBNJ Agreement:  Possible Modalities for Addressing Area-Based Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Marine Genetic Resources in the Context of Climate Change has been prepared  within the framework of the GEF/FAO/GOF Common Oceans Project on Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ).

The Draft Policy Brief will be launched at a United Nations Side Event to be held on 26 March 2019 (13:15 to 14:30, Conference Room A, UNHQ, New York) on BBNJ Capacity Development in the Context of Climate Change:  Possible Modalities for Implementing BBNJ Capacity Development Regarding Area-based Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, and Marine Genetic Resources, co-organized by the International Coastal and Ocean Organization (Secretariat of the Global Ocean Forum (GOF)), the Permanent Mission of Monaco to the United Nations, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, ATLAS, and the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan. See the Side Event agenda here.

The Side Event builds on a multi-institutional Policy Brief on BBNJ Capacity Development presented at the First BBNJ session (https://bit.ly/2C0FuvD), this Side Event addresses possible modalities for capacity development on the other three major emphases of the BBNJ Agreement—area-based management (ABMTs), environmental impact assessment (EIAs), and marine genetic resources (MGRs), taking into consideration the possible impacts of climate change.  The ultimate purpose of the Side Event is to be of assistance to States in the BBNJ process in crafting an effective and well supported system of BBNJ capacity development and technology transfer—with beneficial linkages to EEZ management—bringing together global, regional, and national levels of governance. Please find the Side Event PowerPoints here.

Please find a summary of the Side Event here.

For further information about the Policy Brief, the UN Side Event, and related capacity development efforts, please contact Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum (bilianacicin-sain@globaloceans.org)

Announcing Policy Brief on Capacity Development as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and UN Side Event at the forthcoming BBNJ Intergovernmental Conference

To contribute to the forthcoming BBNJ negotiations,[1] a multi-author, multi-institutional Policy Brief on Capacity Development as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) has been prepared  within the framework of the GEF/FAO/GOF Common Oceans Project on Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ). The Policy Brief addresses: The capacity that will be needed at national and regional levels to implement the new Agreement; relevant international prescriptions on capacity development and summary of BBNJ discussions to date; existing efforts at providing capacity relevant to BBNJ; options for a clearing-house mechanism; options for a financing mechanism; and possible modalities for linking capacity development actions at global, regional, and national levels.

The Policy Brief will be launched at a United Nations Side Event to be held on 6 September 2018 (13:15 to 14:30, Conference Room 11, UNHQ, New York) on Approaches, Modalities, and Strategies for Capacity Development for a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction, co-organized by the Government of France, Permanent Mission of Barbados to the United Nations, Global Ocean Forum, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan.  See the Side Event agenda here.

There are plans for a follow-up meeting to further advance discussions on BBNJ capacity development which will be held on September 10, 2018 in UN Conference Room 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The invitation can be found here.

Please find the IISD/ENB summary of the event here.

For further information about the Policy Brief, the UN Side Event, and related capacity development efforts, please contact Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum (bilianacicin-sain@globaloceans.org)

 

[1] Intergovernmental Conference on 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 (General Assembly resolution 72/249). First Session: 4 to 17 September 2018

 

 

High-Level Event at Nausicaa Aimed at Boosting Public Awareness of ABNJ

The High-Level Event on Common Oceans–Why Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Are Essential for People and Planet that took place on June 27, 2018 at the Nausicaá French National Sea Center in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France sought to boost the general public’s understanding of areas beyond national jurisdiction. The event, which drew 85 participants and speakers, showcased discussion of the complex issues related to our common oceans – areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ), as well as possible solutions.

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This high level event aimed to build and improve cross-sectoral multi-stakeholder dialogue, engage high-level decision-makers, and contribute to information sharing and public awareness of ABNJ issues. Sessions highlighted the values and issues surrounding ABNJ and the Common Oceans Program experiences. Participants discussed solutions to challenges in ABNJ. The event also featured a global media workshop with media representatives and ABNJ experts where  a media guide to ABNJ was launched. The High Level Event both exposed and spurred deliberations on the major ABNJ issues and examined and drew lessons from existing experiences related to ABNJ, especially highlighting the efforts of the Common Oceans Program in achieving sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in the ABNJ.

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The outstanding venue of the new Nausicaá high seas exhibit provided heightened inspiration and motivation for the achievement of wise stewardship of the marine ABNJ. Nausicaáa, a major tourist attraction located in the northern French city of Boulogne-sur-Mer, has unveiled the world’s first-ever large-scale high-seas exhibit, Voyage on the High Seas, on 19 May 2018. With its 9-meter deep tank and 60,000 marine creatures, the Exhibit allows the general public to explore and learn about this vast ocean ecosystem. The Exhibit (35,000 square meters and built at the cost of 75 million Euros from local bodies in the North of France and the European Commission) is intended to rally the public around efforts to improve the way in which oceans and their resources are managed, with emphasis on the areas beyond national jurisdiction.

The event was part of planned public outreach activities and exhibits through the Common Oceans ABNJ Program’s Project on Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage ABNJ, in close collaboration with fellow Common Oceans ABNJ Projects, and partners FAO, Global Ocean Forum, Nausicaá and the World Ocean Network.

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Summary of the event: Link to Summary when available

ABNJ Media Guide: Link to media guide when available

FAO Common Oceans ABNJ Newsletter article: International conference on common oceans at world’s first high seas aquarium, 24 July 2018

For further information about this event, please contact:

  • Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, Common Oceans Capacity Project Manager and President of the Global Ocean Forum
  • Ms. Tina Farmer, Lead Technical Officer of the Common Oceans Capacity Project, Communication Adviser, Office of the Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

 

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High-Level Dialogue and Media Workshop on Common Oceans–Why Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Are Essential for People and Planet

We are delighted to announce an upcoming event, a High-Level Dialogue and Media Workshop on Common Oceans–Why Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Are Essential for People and Planet, to be held on June 26-28, 2018 at NAUSICAÁ, The French National Sea Center in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, on the occasion of the inauguration of the world’s first-ever large-scale high seas aquarium and exhibit at NAUSICAÁ. The Event is organized by the Common Oceans Program through the GEF/FAO/GOF ABNJ Capacity Development Project.

The High-Level Event on Common Oceans–Why Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Are Essential for People and Planet, taking place on June 27, will showcase the major issues facing the ABNJ as well as possible solutions to the issues, with sessions highlighting:  The values and issues surrounding ABNJ; the Common Oceans Program experiences; discussions on solutions to challenges in ABNJ; and dialogue with media representatives.  A special media workshop featuring additional discussions with media representatives will take place on June 26 and June 28 prior to and following the High-Level Event.

This important event is aimed at building and improving cross-sectoral multi-stakeholder dialogue, engaging high-level decision-makers, and contributing to information sharing and public awareness of ABNJ issues. The outstanding venue of the new NAUSICAÁ exhibit will no doubt provide heightened inspiration and motivation for the achievement of wise stewardship of the marine areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Please see attached the program for the event, and kindly consider registering to attend.

Nausicaa ABNJ Event Program

Registration for the event. Registration is mandatory to allow for access into the building and to all the social events. Please register on the Nausicaá site at this link: https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/billets-high-seas-international-conference-the-challenges-of-the-high-seas-public-event-46439045435?aff=es2

For further information, contact:

Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum, Project Manager, GEF/FAO/GOF Project on ABNJ Capacity Development, Tel:  +1 202 329 4127, Email:  bilianacicin-sain@globaloceans.org

Dr. Jacqueline Alder, FISHCODE Programme Manager, Manager, Common Oceans Program, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Tel: +39 06 5705 4873, Email: jacqueline.alder@fao.org

Ms. Tina Farmer, Communication Advisor, Office of the Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Lead Technical Officer, Commons Oceans Capacity Project, Tel: +39 06 5705 6846, Email: tina.farmer@fao.org

Mr. Philippe Vallette, Directeur Général, Nausicaá Centre National de la Mer – Boulogne sur mer, Tel: + 33 (0) 3 21 30 99 99, Email: generalmanager@nausicaa.fr

Side event on BBNJ Capacity Building and Technology Transfer on April 17 2018 at UN Headquarters

The Side Event on Capacity Building as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and Options on Approaches, Modalities, and Strategies that took place on April 17, 2018 during the organizational meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference on 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) (General Assembly resolution 72/249)16 to 18 April 2018, New York, focused on tangible recommendations on options for capacity building and technology transfer for discussion by decision makers at the BBNJ Intergovernmental Conference. The event featured eleven key speakers, and drew about 85 participants. Co-organizers of the event included the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Tonga to the United Nations, Global Ocean Forum/International Coastal and Ocean Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, and Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan. See the side event agenda here

The Side Event highlighted the work being done on the Policy Brief on Capacity Building as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), a multi-author, multi-institutional effort, led by the GEF/FAO/GOF Capacity Development Project and its Communities of Practice, involving a set of 38 Organizing Authors and Contributing Authors from around the world. The Policy Brief focuses, in particular, on alternative modalities for capacity building and technology transfer in BBNJ taking into account the diversity of needs/capacities in different regions and of existing efforts in capacity building by the United Nations, international or­ganizations, non-governmental organizations, and the academic sector relevant to BBNJ; options for and relevant experiences related to building a clearinghouse mechanisms for capacity building and technology transfer; and considerations and options relevant to financing. Various experiences with and perspectives on capacity building and technology transfer by the Kingdom of Tonga, the IOC/UNESCO, the Nippon Foundation and Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,  the Government of Portugal, and the World Maritime University were highlighted at the side event. The presentations are available here.

Initial draft sections of the Policy Brief on Capacity Development on the following topics—Overview of Capacity Policy Brief, Clearing-house Mechanism, Options for Fi­nancing, and Possible Modalities for Linking Global, Regional, and National Level Capacity Building Efforts are available here. Please send any comments to Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, Global Ocean Forum, bilianacicin-sain@ globaloceans.org, preferably by May 1, 2018. A draft of the Policy Brief will be completed by June 1, 2018.

 

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Policy Brief on Capacity Building as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ)

Work is underway to prepare a Policy Brief on Capacity Building as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ).  The Policy Brief is intended to contribute to the discussions at the Intergovernmental Conference on development of an international legally binding instrument under UNCLOS on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). 

This is a multi-author, multi-institutional effort, led by the GEF/FAO/GOF Capacity Development Project and its Communities of Practice,[1] involving a set of 38 Organizing Authors and Contributing Authors (see below).  This effort represents an iterative process and other colleagues from all regions of the world are invited to participate; please contact Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, bilianacicin-sain@globaloceans.org if you would like to contribute to the Policy Brief. 

The following draft sections of the Policy Brief may be found here

  • Overview
  • A Possible Clearing-House Mechanism for BBNJ:  Considerations and Lessons From Existing Clearing-houses
  • Financing Capacity Building for BBNJ
  • Possible Modalities and Approaches for Linking Global, Regional, and National Processes and Perspectives on BBNJ

This interim working draft is offered for review to contribute to the discussions of the April 16-18, 2018 Organizational Meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference.

Please send any comments to Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, bilianacicin-sain@globaloceans.org, preferably by May 1, 2018.

Policy Brief Organizing Authors:

Biliana Cicin-Sain,[2] Marjo Vierros,[3] Miriam Balgos, Alexis Maxwell, Global Ocean Forum; Tina Farmer, FAO, Lead Technical Officer, GEF/FAO/GOF Capacity Development Project; Atsushi Sunami, Miko Maekawa, Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF); Awni Benham, International Ocean Institute; Julian Barbiere, Salvatore Arico, Kirsten Isensee, Ward Appeltans and Harriet Harden-Davies, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC/UNESCO); Aimee Gonzales, Stephen Adrian Ross, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA); Alfonso Ascencio Herrera, International Seabed Authority; Ronán Long, Larry Hildebrand, World Maritime University (WMU); Philippe Vallette, Nausicaa/World Ocean Network; Mish Hamid, Ivica Trumbic, International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN); Joseph Appiott, Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat

Policy Brief Contributing Authors:

Yugraj Yadava, Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation; Kouete Koffi Afachawo, Office of the Special Adviser of the President of Republic of Togo; Margaret Chizoba, Federal Ministry of Justice Abuja, Nigeria; Kanako Hasegawa, UN Environment; Fredrik Haag, International Maritime Organization; Abdul Rahman Bin Abdul Wahab, International Section, Department of Fisheries, Malaysia; Andre Polejack, Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communication, Brazil; Lizanne Aching, Permanent Mission of Trinidad and Tobago to the UN; Jenny Bowie-Wilches, Embassy of Colombia in The Hague, The Netherlands; Transform Aqorau, Parties to the Nauru Agreement; Rudolf Hermes, former Chief Technical Advisor, Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Project (BOBLME); Dominique Benzaken, Government of Seychelles; Laleta Davis-Mattis, University of the West Indies, Jamaica; Nguyen Chu Hoi, Vietnam National University; Abou Bamba, Abidjan Convention; Rose Lesley Kautoke, Attorney General’s Office, Government of the Kingdom of Tonga; Bojotlhe Butale, Principal State Counsel, International Law Unit of the International and Commercial Division, Attorney General’s Chambers, Botswana

[1] The project is supported by the Global Environment Facility and co-executed by the Global Ocean Forum and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

[2] Dr. Cicin-Sain is the Project Manager of the GEF/FAO/GOF Project on ABNJ Capacity Development  and Lead Organizer of the Policy Brief.

[3] Dr. Vierros is the Lead Author of the Policy Brief.

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

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