Ocean Action - Issue 3
Communities of Action: Ocean Conference

OCEAN ACTION #3

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LAUNCH OF COMMUNITIES OF ACTION
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Nine global webinars took place between 27 and 30 November to launch nine new thematic multi-stakeholder Communities of Ocean Action. They serve as a follow-up to the Ocean Conference and 1400+ voluntary commitments resulting from it. The communities are meant to catalyze and generate new voluntary commitments; and to facilitate collaboration and networking amongst different actors in support of SDG 14.
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UN DESA launches revamped Voluntary Commitments platform to drive Ocean Action for SDG 14
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To support the work of the Communities of action, UN DESA has revamped The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitment, available at oceanconference.un.org, which now provides a platform for all stakeholders to report on their commitments, and for sharing of knowledge and best practices within and across the nine Communities of Ocean Action.
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UNEA Side event: TOGETHER AGAINST MARINE LITTER AND MICRO-PLASTICS
5 December 2017, Nairobi
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A special side event was organized in the margins of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya, to underline the urgent need for action to tackle Marine litter and micro plastics pollution, as well as to bring the discussion on measures to combat marine litter forward, by sharing experiences and showcase examples of measures, partnerships or initiatives from different stakeholders
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UNEA Side event: BUILDING COMMUNITIES OF OCEAN ACTION FOR MARINE POLLUTION
6 December 2017, Nairobi
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A special side event was organized in the margins of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya, to build up the Community for Ocean Action on Marine Pollution. The event featured various stakeholders who presented innovative solutions for tackling marine pollution through their voluntary commitments.
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UN designates 2021-2030 ‘Decade of Ocean Science’
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The United Nations designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks.
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Symposium: SDG 14 Pacific commitments – 2018 Action Agenda
19 December – Lami, Fiji
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As a follow-up to the Ocean Conference, a half-day symposium for the Pacific was held on 19 December 2017, under the patronage of the SG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson.
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Barcelona Convention Contracting Parties meet to discuss pollution and biodiversity
17-20 December 2017, Tirana, Albania
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The 20th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols (Barcelona Convention) took place in Tirana, Albania from 17 – 20 December 2017. Present at the meeting were the following contracting parties: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, European Union, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey.
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4th Potsdam Ocean Governance workshop: The Ocean in 2030 - How to get to the future we want
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On 13-14 December 2017 the 4th Potsdam Ocean Governance workshop was organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. The meeting was attended by Member States, UN agencies, NGOs and academia.
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UN General Assembly adopts three Ocean related resolutions
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Three UN resolutions, namely 1) Oceans and the law of the sea resolution, 2) the Sustainable fisheries and 3) "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" were recently adopted by the UN General Assembly. The resolution on the internationally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction foresees an organizational meeting in April 2018 and a first substantive session of the Intergovernmental Conference from 4 - 17 September 2018. Some of the topics mentioned by Member States to be included in the agenda of the Intergovernmental Conference were sustainable fisheries, marine litter, eco-tourism, and disaster risk reduction and management.
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New Voluntary Commitments
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Provision of subject matter expertise on the application of risk management tools in regulatory frameworks supporting SDG14
The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) with its Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies and its Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM) commits to develop recommendations for governments related to the application of practical risk management tools in regulatory frameworks in support of the SDGs, and with an initial focus on SDG 14.

It achieves this by developing specific recommendations aimed at enhancing the capacity of administrations, communities, and enterprises, including small scale and artisanal fisheries, to identify, assess and cope with multiple and increasing levels of risks and uncertainties, including by developing practical risk-based regulatory approaches for the management of fisheries and marine planning of human activities.

Furthermore, the newly established SDG 14 Risk management Centre of Expertise will advise SDG14 stakeholders and interested parties assisting them in aligning their understanding and aiding subsequent discussion by developing a common risk management taxonomy. Read more ...
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7x7x1 International Network for Multi‐Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN‐MHEWS) and Global Meteo-Alert System , #OceanAction23965 (World Meteorological Organization (WMO))
7x7x1 Provision of subject matter expertise on the application of risk management tools in regulatory frameworks supporting SDG14, #OceanAction23807 (UNECE)
7x7x1 Preserve and protect the marine environment against pollution by (plastic) litter and microplastics though prevention and reduction, #OceanAction23773 (APLM - Portuguese Marine Litter Association - Hub)
7x7x1 Laut Sehat - Healthy Ocean - Solid Waste Management Symposia - 2018, 2019 Indonesia, #OceanAction23761 (Indonesian Waste Platform)
7x7x1 African Marine Waste Network, #OceanAction23755 (Sustainable Seas Trust)
7x7x1 Unmanned/Autonomous Technologies For Ocean Protection and Production, #OceanAction23654 (3D PARS)
7x7x1 Green Indonesia Waste Education for primary schools in Indonesia, #OceanAction23648 (Indonesian Waste Platform)
7x7x1 Indonesian Waste Platform - Hub, #OceanAction16206 (Indonesian Waste Platform)
Updates from Voluntary Commitments
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7x7x1 Mangrove Partnership Reporting Online Platform, #OceanAction23237 (Indigenous Training Programme ( NGO ))
7x7x1 Oceanic Blue Carbon Voluntary Commitment, #OceanAction21396 (Blue Climate Solutions, a project of The Ocean Foundation, USA)
7x7x1 The Peace Boat Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Programme, #OceanAction16830 (Peace Boat)
7x7x1 Database of support policies to fisheries - The Fisheries Support Estimate (FSE), #OceanAction14983 (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD))
7x7x1 Year of Polar Prediction, #OceanAction14082 (World Meterological Organization)
7x7x1 Proper Strand Lopers, #OceanAction15842 (Proper Strand Lopers)
7x7x1 Ocean futures: solutions from science, #OceanAction14995 (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)
7x7x1 To stimulate public interest in and to encourage conservation of coastal ecosystems through education programs for schools and public and private organizations., #OceanAction19654 (Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island Inc. (CRESLI))
7x7x1 International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development - The Ocean we want for the Future we need, #OceanAction15527 (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO)
7x7x1 Project Sea Change - advanced filtering of laundry effluent to screen microparticles and microplastics, #OceanAction15928 (Xeros Technology Group)
7x7x1 Let's make the ocean great again !, #OceanAction19088 (BIOMARES)
7x7x1 Bothnia Bulk, #OceanAction15203 (SSAB)
7x7x1 Green Indonesia Waste Education for primary schools in Indonesia, #OceanAction23648 (Indonesian Waste Platform)
7x7x1 Investing in Seychelles' Blue Future, #OceanAction16110 (Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT))
7x7x1 One Pearl Farm in Fiji to review pratices for better sustainability, #OceanAction19353 (Civa (Fiji) Pearls Ltd)
7x7x1 Strengthening institutional capacity and research in oceans at The University of the South Pacific, #OceanAction19944 (The University of the South Pacific)
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