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Highlights from Side Event on Capacity Building as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ)

27 April 2018

17 April 2018 | United Nations Headquarters, Washington D.C, U.S. The side event on Capacity Building as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and Options on Approaches, Modalities, and Strategies that took place on April 17, 2018 focused on tangible options for capacity building in BBNJ for discussion by decision makers at the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (General Assembly resolution 72/249). The event featured eleven key speakers, and garnered approximately 85 participants from governments and civil society. Co-organizers of the event included the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Tonga to the United Nations (UN), Global Ocean Forum (GOF), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, and the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in Japan.

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Over 80 participants from governments and civil society attended the side event
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The side event highlighted the work being done on the Policy Brief on Capacity Building as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ),a multi-author, multi-institutional effort, led by the Common Oceans ABNJ Project on Capacity Development Project that is funded by the Global Environment Facility and implemented by FAO and GOF, and its Communities of Practice involving a set of 38 organizing authors and contributing authors. The Policy Brief focuses, in particular, on alternative modalities for capacity building in BBNJtaking into account the diversity of needs/capacities in different regions and of existing efforts in capacity building by the UN, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the academic sector relevant to BBNJ; options for and relevant experiences related to building a clearinghouse mechanisms for capacity building and technology transfer; and considerations and options relevant to financing.

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Tevita Suka Mangisi, Kingdom of Tonga and Biliana
Cicin Sain, Global Ocean Forum © OPRI

Various experiences with capacity building and technology transfer related to BBNJ were highlighted, such as the perspective of Tonga on capacity building and technology transfer in BBNJ; review of the IOC work on capacity development, technology transfer and clearing-house mechanisms; BBNJ capacity development work by the Nippon Foundation and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and by the Common Oceans ABNJ Program.

The composite presentation used at the side event is available here, and the initial draft sections of the Policy Brief on Capacity Building as a Key Aspect of a New Agreement on Marine BBNJ can be found on the GOF website. The final version of the Policy Brief will be completed by June 1, 2018.

 

For more information, please contact:

  • Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum ǀ bcs@udel.edu

 

 

 


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