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Manado, Indonesia 11-15 May 2009


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Highlights for Monday, 11 May 2009

On Monday, 11 May 2009, participants representing governments, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations convened in Manado, Indonesia for the 2009 World Ocean Conference (WOC2009). In the morning, participants attended the Senior Officials’ Meeting of the World Ocean Conference, including welcoming remarks by the Governor of North Sulawesi and a keynote speech by the Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. This was followed by thematic sessions on: Ocean Observations and Analysis; the Impacts of Climate Change on Coastal Communities; and Preparedness and Improving Resilience of Coastal Communities to Adapt to Climate Change. In the afternoon, participants met in a closed session to discuss the draft Manado Ocean Declaration, followed by an evening reception hosted by Indonesia’s Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.

Participants registering for the conference.

Welcoming remarks by Sinyo Harry Sarundajang, Governor of North Sulawesi, Indonesia Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Freddy Numberi opens WOC 2009

The plenary during the opening session.

Sarwono Kusumaatmadja, Indonesia, moderates the Theme 1 and 2 presentations Richard Spinrad, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US, emphasises the need for a collaborative ocean observing system to be established Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, presents to delegates

Participants huddle prior to the Theme 2 presentations

Moses Murihungirire, Director for Resource Management, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia Gabriella Bianchi, Senior Fishery Resources Officer, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

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Snapshots of the media interest generated by WOC 2009

Masnellyarti Hilman, Deputy Minister for Nature Conservation Enhancement and Environmental Degradation Control, Indonesia, responds to questions from plenary Jacqueline Alder, UN Environment Programme, Coastal and Marine Branch, discussing climate change and adaptation projects of interest to delegates

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Security checkpoint at the entrance to the venue.

Indonesian Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Freddy Numberi and Sinyo Harry Sarundajang, Governor of North Sulawesi, Indonesia, personally welcome the participants to the conference and the evening reception.

Various impressions from the evening reception



 


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