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Global Oceans Action Summit for
Food Security and Blue Growth

22-25 April 2014 | The Hague, Netherlands

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Highlights for Tuesday, 22 April 2014
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Sharon Dijksma, Dutch Minister for Agriculture, opened the Global Oceans Action Summit
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The Global Oceans Action Summit opened today in The Hague, The Netherlands. Delegates heard opening statements from Sharon Dijksma, Minister for Agriculture of The Netherlands; Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of the city of The Hague; Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank; and Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.

They also heard feedback from two relevant oceans meetings: the Asia Conference on Oceans, Food Security and Blue Growth held in Bali, Indonesia, in June 2013; and The Economist World Ocean Summit held in San Francisco, US, in February 2014.

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland, and coordinating lead author of the Oceans chapter in the 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report, delivered a keynote address on “Positioning the ocean within the global action landscape.”

A panel discussion was held under the theme “Perspectives on ocean challenges, opportunities for transformation.” This discussion was moderated by Zeinab Badawi, BBC Anchor, and included: Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Senior Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation; Fatou Mboob, Executive Director, TRY Oyster Women’s Association, The Gambia; Lori Kennedy, Louisbourg Seafood Ltd; Rolph Payet, Minister for Environment, Seychelles; Stephen Hall, Director General, WorldFish; and Sebastian Troeng, Senior Vice President, Conservation International.

In the afternoon, three working groups met in parallel: on balancing growth and conservation; on private sector and social equity; and on areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) and exclusive economic zones (EEZs).

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Assistant Director-General Árni Mathiesen, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, stressed the need for innovation, partnership and political will to move the blue economy discussion from commitment to action.
Several laser shows illustrated the blue economy throughout the morning’s opening plenary.
Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland, encouraged the use of social media tools to spread positive messages about the options for blue growth.
During a panel discussion, delegates discussed perspectives on ocean challenges and opportunities for transformation.
In the afternoon, one of the three parallel working groups addressed the role of the private sector in blue growth and ensuring equitable benefits for local economic development.
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*IISD RS coverage of the Seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ), 1-4 April 2014, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

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bulletIISD RS coverage of the Fourteenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, 17-20 June 2013, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the Thirtieth session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), 9-13 July 2012, FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy

*IISD RS coverage of the Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) and Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Pollution (GPA), 23-24 and 25-26 January 2012, Manila, Philippines

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