The work undertaken by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) thus far to develop meaningful capacity-building opportunities for developing States is widely considered as exemplary. Nonetheless, the ISA could deepen the effectiveness and impact of its capacity development work by proactively seeking to enhance the role of women in marine scientific research. This could be achieved through participation in different capacity-building opportunities, such as contractor training, the Endowment Fund, internships and others. Today, women who wish to engage further in marine scientific research still face real and substantial challenges that are specific to their gender. Because of its understanding of the real and tangible benefits to advance development progress by fully including women in marine science, the ISA believes that increasing their participation through capacity-building could effectively contribute to the enhancement of the scientific and technological capabilities of developing States, and in particular those of SIDS and LDCs.
Accordingly, the ISA is resolved to:
raise awareness on the importance of the role of women in marine scientific research;
of the concrete additional benefits accruing to societies and economies of doing so; and
give preference, when possible, to qualified female applicants, in particular from developing countries.
Updates to voluntary commitment
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want