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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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Delegates to the Global Oceans Action Summit met today in two high-level roundtables and in working groups.

Sharon Dijksma, Minister for Agriculture of the Netherlands, opened the high-level segment, calling for a concrete roadmap for ocean action.

Keynote addresses were held by Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, Elisabeth Aspaker, Minister of Fisheries, Norway, and Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, United Arab Emirates (UAE). John Kerry, US Secretary of State, addressed the meeting by video message.

Mitchell highlighted SIDS’ vulnerability to climate change, overfishing and ecosystem degradation. Aspaker underscored sustainable fisheries as critical for food security, poverty alleviation and social welfare. Bin Fahad pointed out that the marine environment faces serious challenges, which have economic as well as societal consequences and call for international cooperation. Kerry stressed the negative impacts of pollution, acidification and overfishing, calling for a new global ocean policy agenda and government policies ensuring that only legally caught fish can enter markets.

Lisa Svensson, Sweden's Ambassador for Oceans, Seas and Freshwater, summarized the highlights of Wednesday’s working group sessions on governance, financial mechanisms and partnerships.

Delegates then resumed their work in the working groups on governance, financing mechanisms and partnerships. The first group addressed transitioning to co-management of local fisheries, investigating bottom-up approaches. The second focused on banking on sustainable fisheries and healthy ecosystems, while the third concentrated on private-sector partnerships.

In addition, two high-level roundtables were held to discuss a working paper entitled “Pitches for action,” which summarized recommendations that had emanated from the Summit so far.

Minister Dijksma chaired the first roundtable. Delegates discussed, inter alia: a possible sustainable development goal (SDG) on oceans; perverse subsidies; aquaculture and its potential; and the necessity for a robust legislative framework to achieve implementation.

The second roundtable was co-chaired by Fred Boltz, Rockefeller Foundation, Roland Bhola, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment, Grenada and Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister, Grenada. Delegates offered additional suggestions for the working document, such as improving inclusion and market access for artisanal and small-scale fishers; acknowledging coordination and monitoring; linking the UNFCCC process to blue growth; and taking a holistic approach to blue growth.
Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, addresses the plenary of the high-level segment.
Lisa Svensson, Ambassador for Oceans, Seas and Freshwater, Sweden, reported back on Wednesday's deliberations in the working groups.
Artistic and musical performances during the plenary of the high-level segment

View of the room during one of the high-level roundtables
Henry Tuakeu Puna, Prime Minister, Cook Islands, described the management approach to marine areas used in the Cook Islands.
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