Partnership Dialogue 5 - Increasing economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets

Introduction

Partnership Dialogue 5 addresses two distinct but interrelated targets of SDG 14: increasing the economic benefits to small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs) from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism (14.7); and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets (14.b). A discussion on these topics must include consideration of a range of linked but distinct issues. Oceans provide a wide array of benefits to LDCs and SIDS including—but not limited to—small-scale, artisanal fisheries. Likewise, small-scale artisanal fishers are a fundamental part of SIDS and coastal LDC societies, but they can also be found in developed and other developing countries.1 Estimates suggest that workers involved in small-scale fisheries comprise over 90 percent of people employed globally in capture fisheries and related activities, and produce approximately half of the global catch.

An effective examination of these issues will require a holistic, integrated approach that takes into account not only the diversity inherent in the topics but also the close links to other SDGs. The unifying theme is livelihoods—primarily from fishing but also from aquaculture, tourism and other ecosystem services. The livelihoods focus of the dialogue means that the discussion can be informed by other SDGs, in particular SDG 1 (eradicate poverty), SDG 2 (end hunger), SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 12 (sustainable consumption and production), and SDG 13 (combat climate change). There are also close links to the other targets of SDG 14.

Co-chairs

  • H.E. Mr. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada
  • H.E. Mr. Marko Pomerants, Minister of Environment, Estonia

Moderator

  • Dame Meg Taylor, Pacific Ocean Commissioner

Panellists

  • H.E. Mr. Mohammed Shainee, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Maldives
  • Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, United Nations
  • Ms. Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank Group
  • Mr. Mitchell Lay, Coordinator of Caribbean Network Fisherfolk Organization (CNFO)

Registered List of Participants

States

First preference (speaking slot guaranteed)

  • Nauru (HS)
  • Saint lucia(HS)
  • Australia (M)
  • Denmark (M)
  • Kiribati (M)
  • Madagascar (M)
  • New Zealand (M)
  • Solomon Islands (M)
  • India (CD)
  • Papua New Guinea(CD)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (CD)

Second preference (possible speaking slot)

  • Palau (HS)
  • Samoa (HG)
  • Chile (M)
  • Timor-leste (M)
  • Italy (VM)
  • Republic of Korea (VM)
  • Holy See (CD)
  • Netherlands (CD)
  • Seychelles (CD)

Other participants and observers

  • Commonwealth Secretariat
  • International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • French Polynesia
  • Association Consortium pour les Aires et Territo ires du Patrimoine Autochtone et
  • Communautaire
  • Conservation international Foundation
  • CORDIO East African
  • Rare
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Pacific Islands of Non-Government Organisation (PIANGO)
Biographies (alphabetical order)
Dame Meg Taylor
Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
Dame Meg Taylor

Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Dame Meg Taylor is a Papua New Guinea lawyer and diplomat; she studied at University of Papua New Guinea. She received her Bachelor of Law degree from Melbourne University, Australia, and her Masters of Law degree from Harvard University, USA. She practised law in Papua New Guinea and was also admitted to ACT bar Australia .She served as a member of the Law Reform Commission.

Her working life began in 1974 as Private Secretary to the first Chief Minister and later Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Michael Somare.

From 1989-94, she was Ambassador of Papua New Guinea to the United States, Mexico and Canada. Upon returning home she served on Boards of Private Sector companies and civil society organizations.

Between 1999 and 2014, she was Vice President, Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), World Bank Group.

In 2002, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Since late 2014 she has been based in Suva as Secretary General to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. She is the first woman to hold the post.

Dame Meg is also currently the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, and as such advocates for the secure future of Pacific people based on the sustainable development, management and conservation of the Pacific Ocean and its resources.

Dame Meg has recently been appointed to the High level steering committee on Every Women Every Child by the Secretary General of the United Nations.

H.E. Mr. Keith Mitchell
Prime Minister of Grenada
H.E. Mr. Keith Mitchell

Prime Minister of Grenada

Dr. the Right Honorable Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister, Minister for Finance and Energy, National Security, Public Administration, Disaster Management, Home Affairs, Information and Implementation of Grenada.


1. Prime Minister of Grenada from 1995 – 2008 and 2013 to present.

2. Member of the Grenadian Parliament since 1984, making him the longest serving parliamentarian in the Caribbean.

3. On two occasions Dr. Mitchell and his political party, the New National Party (NNP), won all seats in the Grenada House of Representatives.

4. He is the current chair of the Small States Forum of the World Bank.

5. He is the incoming chair of CARICOM. He is also the lead Prime Minister for science and technology for CARICOM.

6. He is the current co-chair of GLISPA and the Caribbean Challenge Initiative.

7. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of the West Indies, a Master’s Degree from Howard University, and a Doctoral Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from American University.

8. He is an accomplished cricketer, and his exploit and love for the game is known throughout the Caribbean.

H.E. Mr. Marko Pomerants
Minister of Environment, Estonia
H.E. Mr. Marko Pomerants

Minister of Environment, Estonia

Marko Pomerants was also the Minister of the Environment of the Republic of Estonia from 2015–2016.
In 2011–2015, Pomerants was a member of the XII Riigikogu.
In 2009–2011, he was Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Estonia.
In 2007–2009, he was a member of the XI Riigikogu, and a member of the X Riigikogu in 2003.
In 2003–2005, Pomerants was the Minister of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia.
In 1995–2003, he worked as Governor of Lääne-Viru County. Prior to that, he was Head of the Environment Department and Head of the Nature Protection Service in the same county government. In 1989-1990, he was Deputy Head of Rakvere Nature Protection Administration.
Marko Pomerants is also a member of the Estonian Volleyball Federation and a board member of the Foundation of Virumaa Museums.
Born on 24 September 1964, in Tamsalu, Marko Pomerants went to high school in Tamsalu High School. He completed higher education at the University of Tartu, graduating in 1989 in geology; he attained an MA degree in public administration in 2001.

H.E. Mr. Mohammed Shainee
Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Maldives
H.E. Mr. Mohammed Shainee

Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Maldives

On November 19, 2013, Dr. Mohamed Shainee was sworn in as the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture. He was born on February 15, 1976. Minister Shainee, BEng (Hons), Msc., MMM has over 10 years of experience in the technical, business and management aspects of fisheries and marine resources in the Maldives. He has worked as an advisor to the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture; Managing Director of the largest public company (Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company); and as a civil servant in charge of the fisheries and marine technology related areas in the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, Maldives.

On October 10, 2013 he completed his Doctorate from Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway in Conceptual Design, Numerical and Experimental Investigation of a SPM Cage Concept for Offshore Mariculture. During this time in university he did his research, specialized in Structural Analysis. His work load includes 25% in delivering of lectures to master level course in Sustainable Utilization of Marine Resources. In 2006, achieved his second Master’s degree from Dalhousie University, Canada from Marine Management and his first Master’s degree was successfully completed from Norwegian University of Science and Technology of Norway in Marine Technology / Naval Architecture in January 2003. His Bachelor’s Degree from Marine Systems Technology from University of Plymouth, UK was completed in year 2000.

Dr. Mohamed Shainee is the present Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, appointed on 19th November 2013. A massive challenge in the year 2013 political environment was to gain trust of the public. As the past five years the political condition in the country was not stable. He is an active member of Progressive Party of Maldives, also known as PPM. On November 17, 2013 PPM Page 2 became the ruling party of Maldives after winning the 2013 Maldivian Presidential Elections.

Seafood Champions Award For Advocacy, awarded in Sea food Sea web Summit 2016 Info Fish Appreciation Award awarded in 14th Info Fish Tuna Conference and Exhibition 2016

Mr. Mitchell Lay
Coordinator of Caribbean Network Fisherfolk Organization (CNFO)
Mr. Mitchell Lay

Coordinator of Caribbean Network Fisherfolk Organization (CNFO)

Small scale fisherman from Antigua and Barbuda, of more than 20 years fishing experience. Actively participates in fisherfolk organisations, including the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations. Promotes the participation of fishers in fisheries governance and has been involved in national, regional and global fisheries discussions on sustaining small scale fisheries.

Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa 'Utoikamanu
High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, UN
Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa 'Utoikamanu

High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, UN

Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu is the UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. She took office in May 2017.

Ms. ‘Utoikamanu brings with her a wealth of national, regional and international experience at various senior leadership levels, with a strategic perspective for the mandate of the OHRLLS and on building consensus among key stakeholders. Prior to joining the UN, Ms. ‘Utoikamanu was the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Tourism, Tonga; Acting Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific (2015);

Deputy Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific (2009-2016); Deputy Director General and Director of Education, Training and Human Development of the Secretariat of Pacific Community (2009-2015); Permanent Representative and Ambassador of the Government of Tonga to the United Nations, United States of America, Cuba and Venezuela and High Commissioner to Canada (2005-2009); and Secretary for Foreign Affairs; and European Commission’s National Authorizing Officer for Tonga (2002-2005).

Ms. ‘Utoikamanu holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Commerce degrees in economics from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Ms. Laura Tuck
Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank Group
Ms. Laura Tuck

Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank Group

Laura Tuck is the World Bank’s Vice President for Sustainable Development. Her responsibilities include Agriculture; Climate Change; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships and Guarantees; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; Transport and ICT; and Water. Prior to this, Ms. Tuck was the Vice President for the Europe and Central Asia Region (ECA), following 30 years of extensive experience in sustainable development across the ECA, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and Africa Regions.

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Germany
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