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)

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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