Special Seminar: Ocean Governance - A Legacy Interrupted

In conjunction with the IOI Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas, Malta

This year marks three interlinked anniversaries: fifty-five years since Malta through its Ambassador Arvid Pardo, called upon the Membership of the UN to undertake a reform of the Law of the Sea; fifty years since Professor Elisabeth Mann Borgese founded the International Ocean Institute as a knowledge-based institution and as a thinktank in support of the negotiations of UNCLOS; and forty years since the adoption of UNCLOS by the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea. These developments had far-reaching consequences towards the implementation of sound Ocean stewardship principles and the peaceful use of the Ocean, underlined by the Principle of the Common Heritage of Humankind.


Consequently, UNCLOS centered around the creation of an Ocean governance framework built on principles of social and environmental equity. These principles are facing formidable challenges brought forward by multiple drivers and actors with contradictory priorities.  Additionally, climate change, population pressures, economic globalisation, and unsustainable exploitation of marine resources challenge humankind’s capacity to cooperate nationally, regionally and internationally. The scale of these challenges is as vast as the Ocean itself, and none are resolvable by nations acting alone because so much of the Ocean is beyond the legal jurisdiction of any one entity. Neither can any one branch of science or technology provide adequate solutions. Only through interdisciplinary exchange can humanity hope to comprehend the complex relationships the Ocean represents in order to set a new strategy for Ocean governance which transcends the current “business as usual” mindset. 


This seminar aims to address global concerns regarding the current impasse in the sustainable management of the Ocean and how the future of Ocean governance depends on the effectiveness of holistic, cooperative management, and most importantly, urgent and sustained action to address complex marine issues. Expert speakers shall bring attention to the latest developments in these areas while focusing on interlinkages of climate change, biodiversity, the wellbeing of the Ocean and the subsequent interdependent impacts on humankind. Significantly, many important developments surrounding these themes are being planned or are being implemented and the expert speakers shall address them through the prism of their expertise.

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