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Fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands

3-7 May 2010 | UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

Prince Albert with Co-Chairs The Fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands continued on Tuesday, 4 May, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

On Tuesday morning, delegates convened in plenary for a special symposium on "Fifty Years of IOC: International Cooperation on Marine Natural and Social Sciences."

In the afternoon, participants attended the remaining 17 sessions of the policy, science and technical symposium.

In the late afternoon, the symposium concluded with a plenary where participants heard reports on discussions of the major themes of "Ensuring Survival," "Preserving Life," and "Improving Governance," along with presentations on progress in public oceans education and private sector engagement for marine conservation, followed by a keynote address by H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. UNESCO-IOC Executive Secretary Wendy Watson-Wright then declared the symposium portion of the conference closed.

Photo: H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco with the Global Oceans Conference 2010 Co-Chairs: Ambassador Laurent Stefanini, France; Biliana Cicin-Sain, Global Forum; and Wendy Watson-Wright, UNESCO-IOC.

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Special Symposium: 50 Years of IOC
Panelists during the morning plenary.

Panelists during the morning plenary.

Ambassador Laurent Stefanini, France
Laurent Stefanini, Ambassador for the Environment, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France.
Biliana Cicin-Sain, Global Forum
Biliana Cicin-Sain, Co-Chair and Head of Secretariat, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands.
Rolph Payet, Seychelles
Rolph Payet, Special Advisor to the President, Seychelles.
Wendy Watson-Wright, UNESCO-IOC
Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, UNESCO-IOC.
Martin Visbeck, IFM-GEOMAR
Martin Visbeck, IFM-GEOMAR, Germany.
S.S.L. Hettiarachchi, University of Moratuwa
S.S.L. Hettiarachchi, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
Jake Rice, Canada
Jake Rice, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada.
Richard Burt, Chelsea Technologies Group
Richard Burt, Chelsea Technologies Group, Ltd.
Edward Vanden Berghe, OBIS
Edward Vanden Berghe, Ocean Biogeographic Information System.
Liana Talaue-McManus, University of Miami
Liana Talaue-McManus, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami.
Symposium Sessions
Panelists

Panelists in the session "Blue-REDD: Towards a Comprehensive Program on Oceans and Climate," organized by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations.

Participants
Participants in the session "Progress on the implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy in the EU."
Participants
Participants in the session "Climate-induced Population Movements in Coastal Regions and Small Island States: An Assessment of Policy Options."
Participants
Participants in the session "International Initiatives to Protect Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Developments in Science and a Civil Society Perspective from the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition."
Participants
Participants in the session "Improving Governance of Large Transboundary Marine Ecosystems: Lessons Learned and Good Practices from International Experiences."
Symposium Closing
Closing plenary dais

Speakers on the dais during closing plenary.

Janot-Reine Mendler de Suarez, formerly of GEF
Janot-Reine Mendler de Suarez, former project coordinator, GEF, was Master of Ceremonies for the closing plenary.
Bill Eichbaum, WWF-US
Bill Eichbaum, WWF-US, reported on the theme "Ensuring Survival: Oceans, Climate and Security."
Anne-Sophie Cerisola, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France
Anne-Sophie Cerisola, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France, reported on the theme "Preserving Life: Marine Biodiversity and Networks of Marine Protected Areas."
Yves Meylan
Yves Meylan, Director, Jaeger-LeCoultre, gave a special address about private sector engagement for marine conservation.
Raphaël Billé
Raphaël Billé, Programme Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, reported on the theme "Improving Governance: Achieving Integrated, Ecosystem-Based Ocean and Coastal Management."
Manuel Cira
Manuel Cira, International Secretariat Coordinator, World Ocean Network, reported on progress in public edcation.
Ambassador Laurent Stefanini
Ambassador Laurent Stefanini introduced keynote speaker Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Prince Albert II of Monaco
H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Monaco, gave a special address, saying it is critical to make people realize that oceans must be central to conservation efforts.
Related Links

Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands resources
* Conference web site
* Draft conference program

General resources
* Center for Marine Policy, University of Delaware
* Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
* UNEP Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities
* Small Island Developing States Network

IISD RS resources
* IISD RS coverage of the Fourth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, 8-11 April 2008, Hanoi, Viet Nam
* IISD RS coverage of the Third Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, 24-27 January 2006, Paris, France
* IISD RS coverage of the SIDS Sustainable Development Programme of Action Review Meeting, 10-14 January 2005, Port Louis, Mauritius
* IISD RS coverage of the Second Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, 12-14 November 2003, Paris, France
* IISD RS coverage of the First Global Conference on Oceans and Coasts at Rio+10, 3-7 December 2001, Paris, France
* IISD RS coverage of the Oceans-L - A mailing list for news on oceans policy
* IISD RS coverage of the Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
* IISD RS coverage of the MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
* IISD RS coverage of the Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
* IISD RS coverage of the African Regional Coverage

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