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Integrated Papua New Guinea Oceans Policy
by Department of Justice and Atorney-General and Department of Foreign Affairs, Papua New Guinea (Government)
The establishment of an integrated Oceans Policy complemented by a National Oceans Office. This is aimed at ensuring a coherent and coordinated national efforts to improve oceans and seas governance in Papua New Guinea. It intends to address all maritime activities, including SDG 14 under the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, in Papua New Guinea's maritime borders consistent with existing national laws and regulations as well as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

This will engender cross-sectoral and multistakeholder partnership with leadership and ownership of the Government of Papua New Guinea, working together with all stakeholders, both domestic and external.

A National Steering Committee and related relevant subsidiary bodies will be established and serve as the focal points with specific mandates and objectives working in close cooperation to ensure the Oceans Policy is effectively implemented and on a sustained basis. This will report to a Ministerial-level oversight body annually for political leadership, commitment and decision-making. The progress report on the status of the oceans and seas governance, including SDG 14 implementation in Papua New Guinea will be submitted to the national focal point coordinating the 2030 Agenda implementation (Department of National Planning and Monitoring) which in turn will provide regular updates to the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
Progress reports
Overcome silos existing at the national level with respect to the carriage of ocaens and seas work in the country and promote coherent and cordinated national efforts on oceans and seas governance and conswervation.
Establishment of Papua New Guinea National Oceans Policy and National Oceans Office.
Ensure effective management and governance of Papua New Guinea's maritime zones, including combating IUU fishing and foster conservation measures consistent with the precautionay and ecosystem approach .
Staff / Technical expertise
Technical experts from the Comonwealth Secretaraiat and other development partners engaged to support Papua New Guinea establish the National Oceans Policy and Oceans Office.
Basic information
Time-frame: 2016 - Ongoing
Government of Papua New Guinea, the Commonwealth Secretariat and other bilateral and multilateral development partners.
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Barbara Age, Deputy Secretary (Policy), bagelavu07@gmail.com, + 675 73897655
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Other SDGs
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