IOInforma 2023

World Oceans Day 2023: “PLANET OCEAN: TIDES ARE CHANGING” IOI Network events held globally
Read about and view photos of events held globally by the IOI Network for World Oceans Day - 'It's time to put the Ocean First'

IOI Alumni Continuous Professional Development Webinar Series: BEYOND BOUNDARIES; 13 July 2023
This engaging session focused on the new treaty of the "high seas" on biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction.

IOI Focal Point in Chile: 2nd International Seminar “Oceans, Sustainability and Environment”
The Seminar was organised by the International Ocean Institute (IOI Focal Point in Chile), together with Universidad Autonoma de Chile and the Instituto de Investigacion en Derecho of the Law School.

Obituary Mrs Alexandra Behnam-Hannawi (13/09/38 – 07/08/23)
Mrs Alexandra Behnam, wife of Dr Awni Behnam, Honorary President IOI, passed away on the 7th August 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland.

IOI Ocean Academy: REGISTRATIONS OPEN: Costa Rica, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore ((हिंदी) SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED: Nigeria, Türkiye, Egypt, Pakistan, Singapore
Register now for the next IOI Ocean Academy courses; read about the courses recently completed as well as the Launch of Singapore's new courses in Hindi (हिंदी)

Preserving Our Ocean Legacy: IOI Honorary President Awni Behnam on the adoption of the new 'high seas' treaty
The long awaited agreement was reached after some twenty one years of a kaleidoscope of multilateral processes, frustrating dialogue and repetitive negotiations at the UN over that time-frame. Most individuals, institutions and stake holders date the start of that long process to the beginning of year 2002. I wish therefore to colour that perception.

IOI Representative at the Further resumed 5th Session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on BBNJ
On Monday 19 June, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, delegates, members of the Intergovernmental conference (IGC) and civil society gathered to adopt the high seas treaty under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ)

IOI is represented at the UN ICP, 5-9 June 2023
The theme for the twenty-third UN ICP Meeting was, New Maritime Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities. João Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel, stressed that the theme of this year’s meeting couldn’t be timelier, highlighting that new ocean technologies are important for tackling common and unprecedented challenges that pose significant threats to the ocean and its health.

IOI Participation during the UN Trade Forum 2023 - Toward the SDG Summit 2023: High-impact trade initiatives for accelerating the SDGs
The third UN Trade Forum, hosted by UNCTAD, focused on tailoring trade policies to address current global challenges and enhance the resilience of trading systems, particularly in developing countries. Dr. Awni Behnam and other representatives from the IOI participated in a session that emphasized building a sustainable ocean economy, highlighting the shared recognition of the ocean's critical role in global trade and the need to integrate environmental considerations into trade policies.

IOI Canada Online Training Programme: SDG14 and the UN Summit of the Sea, 11 April - 1 June 2023
The interdisciplinary nature of the course attracted participants from diverse sectors, backgrounds and organisations, and there was global representation from nearly 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, North and South America, and the South Pacific.

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