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Importance of capacity building for a new agreement on BBNJ

Outcomes from side event co-organized by Common Oceans ABNJ Capacity Project at the Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ

10 September 2018

6 September 2018 | United Nations Headquarters, New York, U.S. The Government of France, Permanent Mission of Barbados, Global Ocean Forum/International Coastal and Ocean Organization (GOF), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation co-hosted a side event on Options on Approaches, Modalities, and Strategies on Capacity Development for a New International Agreement on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) during the first week of the first session of the Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ taking place from 4-17 September 2018. 

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Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President, Global Ocean Forum and H.E Ambassador Serge Segura,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of France © IISD/ENB

The side event featured a Policy Brief on Capacity Development as a Key Aspect of a New International Agreement on BBNJ, a multi-author, multi-institutional effort led by the Common Oceans ABNJ Project on Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ), funded by the Global Environment Facility and implemented by FAO and GOF, which provides practical analyses and suggestions for capacity development related to BBNJ for input into the BBNJ negotiations. Furthermore, the Policy Brief addresses: The capacity that will be needed at national and regional levels to implement the new Agreement; relevant international prescriptions on capacity development and summary of BBNJ discussions to date; existing efforts at providing capacity relevant to BBNJ; options for a clearing-house mechanism; options for a financing mechanism; and possible modalities for linking capacity development actions at global, regional, and national levels.

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Mr. Árni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO

Panelists focused discussion on finance and clearinghouse mechanisms, as well as modalities to link global, regional and national actions, highlighting how capacity development and technology transfer are key cross-cutting issues which are essential for the success of a new international legally binding agreement on BBNJ. Biliana Cicin-Sain, President of GOF, said: “Capacity building can serve as an enabler of other major topics under a new agreement on BBNJ". Árni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Director General of FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, underlined that sufficient resources are key to successful implementation, and stressed the need for clearinghouse mechanisms at local, national, regional and global levels.

Additional details on the side event can be found in the leaflet or on the GOF website, and the Policy Brief can be accessed and downloaded in full here.  


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