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Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands

Paris, France | 12 - 14 November 2003



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Highlights from Friday, 14 November

Delegates met Friday morning, November 14, to hear a special address on achieving WSSD objectives at the regional level by Alan Simcock, Executive Secretary of the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North East Atlantic (OSPAR). Following the address, participants met in Plenary sessions to discuss: targeting development assistance to meet WSSD goals; private sector perspectives; options for a global oceans fund; generating public support for oceans, coasts, islands; and evolving issues. Participants from the Global Forum pre-conference presented in Plenary several of their key deliberation, and working group Chairs presented on recommendations on the main WSSD ocean-related commitments. In a closing session, Gunnar Kullenberg, UNESCO, underlined the importance of regional cooperation, political will and public society participation and awareness for the improvement of oceans governance. Jon Van Dyke, University of Hawaii Law School, said participants to the Forum had come together out of a sense of crisis, listing the major threats faced by oceans and coasts. He called for the promotion of political will and awareness on ocean issues and suggested the creation of a UN High Commissioner for Oceans. Magnus Ngoile, Tanzanian National Environment Management Council, stressed the need of developing countries for assistance in developing models for achieving the sustainable management of oceans. Co-Chairs Patricio Brenal, Veerle Vandeweerd and Biliana Cicin-Sain thanked participants, UNESCO, the presenters of the working groups and the organizing committee for their work for the Forum. The meeting came to a close at 7:41pm. Photo: Reports from Discussion Groups and Pre-Conference Meetings.

 



Special Address: Alan Simcock, Executive Secretary, OSPAR Commission, and Past Co-Chair, UNICPOLOS, Toward Achieving WSSD Objectives at the Regional Level

 Alan Simcock, Executive Secretary, OSPAR Commission, and Past CO-Chair, UNICPOLOS, delivered a special address on achieving WSSD objectives with a regional component, which include: encouraging the application by 2010 of the ecosystem approach; promoting integrated coastal and ocean management; and strengthening regional cooperation and inter-regional coordination. He noted the need for regions to apply the ecosystem approach, develop shared views on spatial planning and management, and improve working methods, especially in monitoring and assessment, and MPA development. Simcock said OSPAR is working on ecological quality objectives and reduction targets for hazardous substances, eutrophication, radioactive substances, and offshore pollution. He added that regional cooperation can improve integrated assessment, and capacity building in marine science, information and management. (www.ospar.org) (Listen to his statement)


Session 6: Targeting Development Assistance to Meet WSSD Goals

Julia Benn, OECD Development Cooperation Directorate, France, Alfred Duda, Senior Advisor, International Waters, Global Environment Facility, Chair Phil Reynolds, Consultant and former Chief, UNDP Global Waters Programme, Kent Blom, SIDA, Sweden, Francois le Gall, Livestock Specialist, World Bank, Magnus Ngoile, Director General, National Environment Management Council, Tanzania, speaking for Ali Mohahamed, Secretariat of the Coastal and Marine Sub-Theme, NEPAD, Kenya

Listen to statements of:
Chair Phil Reynolds, Consultant and former Chief, UNDP Global Waters Programme
Alfred Duda, Senior Advisor, International Waters, Global Environment Facility
Francois le Gall, Livestock Specialist, World Bank
Julia Benn, OECD Development Cooperation Directorate, France

Francois le Gall, Livestock Specialist, World Bank, Chair Phil Reynolds, Consulstant and former Chief, UNDP Global Waters Programme, and Julia Benn, OECD Development Cooperation Directorate, France,

Kent Blom, SIDA, Sweden (left)

Alfred Duda, Senior Advisor, International Waters, Global Environment Facility (right) (Listen to his statement)


Session 7: Private Sector Perspectives on WSSD Implementation and on the Global Oceans Agenda
Chair Paul Holthus, Executive Director, Marine Aquarium Council, US, Alastair MacFarlane, General Manger, Trade and Information, New Zealand Seafood Industry Council Ltd., (SEAFIC), Pietro Parravano, World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers, Suzanne Pleydell, Professional Association of Dive Instructors/Project, AWARE, Eugenio Yunis, Sustainable Development Tourism, World Tourism Organization, and Dierk Peters, International Marketing Manager, Sustainability Initiatives, Frozen Foods Europe, Rotterdam
Suzanne Pleydell, Professional Association of Dive Instructors/Project, AWARE (left)
Pietro Parravano, World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers,
Eugenio Yunis, Sustainable Development Tourism, World Tourism Organization, and Dierk Peters, International Marketing Manager, Sustainability Initiatives, Frozen Foods Europe, Rotterdam

Session 8: Options for a Global Oceans Fund
Indumathie Hewawasam, Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank, Africa Region, and Steering Committee, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, Options for a Global Oceans Fund, Co-Chair Veerle Vandeweerd, Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities, UNEP, and Scott Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, Marine Initiative, The Nature Conservancy

Session 9: Generating and Maintaining Public Support for Oceans, Coasts and Islands
Phillippe Vallette, General Manager, NAUSICAA (French National Sealife Center), and co-founder of the World Ocean Network, Leonardo Sonnenschein, President, St. Louis Children's Aquarium, US, Ram Boojh, Coordinator, Centre for Environment Education, India, Cecile Gaspar, Director, Dolphin Quest, Polynesia, The Role of Aquariums in Implementing WSSD Commitments/Looking Forward to a Concerted International Awareness Raising Plan, Martin Jones, Reef Museum, Townsville, Australia, If you Never Look in the Rear View Mirror You Do Not Know How Far You Have Come, Peter Neill, President, World Ocean Observatory, South Street Seaport Museum, US, and John Bennett, Principal, Bennett and Associates, Religion, Science, and the Environment Symposia
Peter Neill, President, World Ocean Observatory, South Street Seaport Museum, US, Cecile Gaspar, Director, Dolphin Quest, Polynesia, and Ram Boojh, Coordinator, Centre for Environment Education, India
Phillippe Vallette, General Manager, NAUSICAA (French National Sealife Center), and cofounder of the World Ocean Network, and John Bennett, Principal, Bennett and Associates, Religion, Science, and the Environment Symposia

Session 10: Emerging Issues
Lee Kimball, Independent Consultant, Chair David VanderZwaag, Professor, Dalhousie Law School, Dalhousie University, Canada, Phil Burgess, Co-chair, UN-Openended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS), Awni Behnam, Advisor to the Secretary-General, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and President, International Ocean Institute, Louise de La Fayette, Principal Legal Officer, UNDOALOS, Protecting the Biological Resources of the Deep Seabed, Charlotte Breide, Senior Legal Advisor- High Seas, WWF International, Endangered Seas Programme, and Kristina Gjerde, High Seas Marine Protected Areas Project Coordinator, IUCN, Poland
Kristina Gjerde, High Seas Marine Protected Areas Project Coordinator, IUCN, Poland, Charlotte Breide, Senior Legal Advisor- High Seas, WWF International, Endangered Seas Programme, and Chair David VanderZwaag, Professor, Dalhousie Law School, Dalhousie University, Canada
Lee Kimball, Independent Consultant, Awni Behnam, Advisor to the Secretary-general, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and President, International Ocean Institute, and Donna Petrachenko, Regional Director General, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, Outcomes of the Australian High Seas Programme

Session 11: Bringing it All Together
Dan McDougall, Director-General, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, Indu Hewawasam, Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank, Africa Region, and Steering Committee, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, Diane Quarless, Chief, SIDS Unit, UNDESA, Veerle Vandeweerd, Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities, UNEP, Magnus Ngoile, Director General, National Environment Management Council, Tanzania, and Philippe Vallette, General Manager, NAUSICAA (French National Sealife Center), and cofounder of the World Ocean Network
Tom Laughlin, Deputy-Director, International Affairs, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US, Serge Garcia, Director, Fishery Resources Division, FAO, and Diane Quarless, Chief, SIDS Unit, UNDESA
Clive Wilkinson, Coordinator, Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, Australia,

Perspectives on the Way Forward



Links

Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands website: http://www.globaloceans.org/globalconference/index.html.
Draft Conference Programme: http://www.globaloceans.org/globalconference/pdf/ParisConferenceProgram.pdf.
UNESCO: http://www.unesco.org.
Sustainable Developments� coverage of �The Global Conference on Oceans and Coasts at Rio+10: Assessing Progress, Addressing Continuing and New Challenges� (December 2001): http://www.iisd.ca/sd/ocrio+10/.
UN Division for Sustainable Development�s Oceans and Seas page: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/sdissues/ocean/ocean.htm.
UN Division for Sustainable Development�s Small Island Developing States Page: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/sids/sids.htm.
Small Island Developing States Network (SIDSnet): http://www.sidsnet.org/.


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