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Pacific Voices for a Global Ocean Challenge
by Embassy of France and Fijian government (Government)
The Conference is an external side event to the UN Ocean Conference in New York.
The Pacific Voices for a Global Ocean Challenge Conference aims to invite all the organizations of Pacific Region. The objective is to bring the voice of the Pacific stakeholders scientists, policy makers, NGO, private sector members, etc about sustainable management and protection of ocean and provide specific solutions.
The conference blends oral contributions, debates, moments of sharing and artistic events. The conference is divided into three sessions. An art exhibition supplements the conference. The organization of the sessions allows extensive discussions between the audience and the speakers in order to create a dynamic and interactive exchange. Everyone is welcomed to contribute by asking questions or making suggestions or even sharing experiences.
During the first session, stakeholders policy makers, NGO, private sector members - will interact with the public to discuss various subjects such as blue growth, climate change adaptation, ecosystem resilience, marine and coastal ecosystems protection and restoration.
Session 2 will present success stories of sustainable marine resources management projects in the Pacific Region. These exchanges will present how scientific discoveries and field based experience can contribute to new governance and the implementation of sustainable policies in the Region in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans. These inspiring examples are bases for policies focused on sustainable management of the ecosystems and environment protection.
Session 3 will present the latest scientific discoveries which result of international scientific cooperation. Its aim is to emphasize the absolute role of the Oceans as a climate regulator and to understand how climate change may change the Pacific way of life forever. Scientists from all around the Pacific Region and from various disciplines will discuss a diverse range of topics from ocean acidification to reef bleaching, marine plastic pollution and the essential role playing by coastal and marine ecosystems (planktons, seaweeds, coral reef, etc). They are all willing to enhance the environmental research to the development of developing countries, in particular small islands of developing States.
During the conference, a photographic and art exhibition will be held at the Oceania Art Gallery of USP from June the 6th to June the 14th. Though testimonies of researchers and photographic and pictorial works, the exhibition invites us to a discovery of marine and coastal ecosystems. In addition to lauding our planets marine biodiversity, this exhibition aims to help decision makers and the general public better understand the Blue Planets role in terms of climate and the importance of taking this into account for every twenty-first century policy decision.
The conference will lead to a formal declaration, which will be conveyed to the UN. The results of this conference will be promoted during the COP 23 in Bonn (November 2017). Proceedings and book will be realized in order to promote the good and the best practices of the Pacific stakeholders and sum up the latest scientific discoveries.
Progress reports
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
Type of commitment
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Adaptation to more acidic ocean conditions
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
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
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
Exhibition. The exhibition will be held in others places all around the world in order to raise awareness of general public about ocean conservation issues.
July 2017
Conference proceedings. These proceedings will summarize all the contributions and also presents the main results of the conference and proposals of the Pacific countries for a better ocean management. These proceedings can take the form of a book with text and images that illustrate the good and the best practices of the Pacific stakeholders.
Staff / Technical expertise
Contributions of scientific research institutes, policy makers, NGO, private sector members and civil society especially from the Pacific Region.
Other, please specify
Financing. The FFEM is spending up to 40 000 USD in this conference. 25 000 USD (travel coasts, food, etc.) are used for the organization fees and 20 000 USD to the exhibition.
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - June 2017
French Embassy in Fiji, Kiribati, Tonga, Nauru and Tuvalu (government) Fijian government (government) French facility for global environment (FFEM) (government) TARA Expeditions Foundation (scientific community/ Non-governmental organization (NGO) University of South Pacific (USP) (Academic institution) French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) (Academic institution)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Janique Etienne, Engineer for the Secretary of the French facility for global environment (FFEM), etiennej@afd.fr, (33) 1 53 44 35 04
Paris, France
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