The 8th June has been designated as World Oceans Day (WOD) by the United Nations following paragraph 171 of its resolution 63/111 on Oceans and the Law of the Sea. The theme of World Oceans Day is selected on an annual basis to reflect an issue of importance. The theme of this year’s celebrations was “Our Oceans, Our Future”.
On the 8th June of each year, the IOI joins the rest of the maritime world in celebrating World Oceans Day. The global IOI network of Centres and Focal points respond enthusiastically each year to the invitation to commemorate this day by organising and celebrating a diverse range of scientific, social and cultural activities.
As we individually or collectively celebrate World Oceans Day, all our activities are inspired by what Elisabeth Mann Borgese wrote:
“The ocean is the real thing, covering almost three-quarters of the surface of our blue planet; the continents are islands floating on the world ocean; the ocean links and unites the continents, rather than separating them and isolating them. The world ocean is our common heritage”.
(Mann Borgese, E: The Oceanic Circle: Governing the Seas as a Global Resource; United Nations University Press; pub 1998; 346pp; ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1028-8)
To see how World Oceans Day was celebrated by the IOI network worldwide kindly click on the IOInforma News Bulletin series (0417) in the Archives section (Documents & Publications); reports of the WOD events held each year are included.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The 2017-2018 Bursary will be awarded to one person/research team carrying out postgraduate studies/research in ocean/marine/maritime related studies at the University of Malta. Staff or students are to be registered with the University of Malta where research in the relevant fields is carried out.
For more information as well as the application form/guidelines kindly click here.
The official application deadline is the 28th July 2017.
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In this era of globalization and sectoral integration, capacity building in ocean governance plays a pivotal role in ensuring safe and healthy oceans for the benefit of humankind and the planet. Additionally, obligations towards achieving the SDGs, notably SDG14 and its targets, and other intersecting SDGs, place a burden of responsibility on States and institutions which may benefit from targeted capacity development and training opportunities for their staff.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The 2017 Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas held in Malta will be held from the 5th November to the 8th December 2017.
In order to obtain an application form kindly click here.
The official application deadline is the 2nd September 2017.
“Healthy Oceans – Healthy Planet”
International Leadership Seminar towards achieving SDG 14
“Current challenges and opportunities in ocean and coastal sustainable development”
~ Celebrating 45 years of IOI and its work in Sustainable Ocean Governance ~
25-26 April 2017, Hong Kong, CHINA
Following the recent Ocean Forum on trade-related aspects of Sustainable Development Goal 14 held at UNCTAD on 21-22 March 2017 in Geneva-Switzerland, the IOI is pleased to announce the organization of a Leadership Seminar in Hong Kong on the issues of Oceans and Ocean Health, and the sustainable Development Goals especially SDG 14 concerning the Oceans. The event will focus specially on the ocean-coast interaction with a view to achieving SDG 14.
This event builds upon earlier collaborations of the IOI in 2016 and 2017 with partners and supporters, such as the UN Conference on Trade and Development, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the European Commission Representation in Malta, and an intended outcome of this Seminar is that results be expected to feed into the high-level Ocean Conference scheduled later this year for 5-9 June in New York (Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnering for the Implementation of SDG 14). Co-organizers with the IOI in this Leadership Seminar are UNCTAD (DITC) and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU).
Information about the event as well as conference presentations can be found here.
Celebrating 45 Years of IOI and its work in Sustainable Ocean Governance (1972 -2017);
25 April; Hong Kong, China
This year 2017 also coincides with the forty fifth anniversary of the foundation of IOI by Professor Elisabeth Mann Borgese; and the occasion of the Seminar in Hong Kong shall also be an opportunity to mark this event in the ongoing development of the IOI as an institution focused on capacity development for the benefit of future generations and the sustainable use of our oceans.
Internal Meeting of IOI Experts Putting It All Together: Bringing the Message of the Leadership Seminar to Implementation through Outreach and Capacity Development
27 April; Hong Kong, China
This specially convened meeting held back-to-back with the Leadership Seminar provided an opportunity for the IOI network members to build upon the presentations and dynamic discussions of the previous days, and to identify ways to implement these outcomes and recommendations through the IOI programmes, outreach and capacity development actions and other actions. The meeting provided an opportunity to capture this feedback to use in several occasions and opportunities over the next months, not least the Oceans Conference in New York, and also for the growing set of topics for mainstreaming into IOI training course syllabi. The collection of initial ideas and vision for the IOI arising from this meeting were intended to inform further decision making by the IOI Governing Board.
A report on the outcome of the events is available for download from the Publications - IOInforma News Bulletin section (0217 issue).
Oceans Forum on Trade-Related Aspects of Sustainable Development Goal 14 Salle XXVI, Palais des Nations - Geneva, Switzerland 21 - 22 March 2017
The Oceans Forum on trade-related aspects of Sustainable Development Goal 14 was hosted by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and partners in Geneva, Switzerland and took place in the Palais des Nations from 21 to 22 of March 2017. The multi-stakeholder event fostered debates and the development of specific policy options and novel ideas to feed into the processes of two upcoming intergovernmental conferences:
The forum specifically focused on advancing the implementation of trade in fish-related targets under SDG14 by drawing on global, regional and cross-country experiences, sharing lessons, sensitizing development partnerships and designing more effective support measures.
Ultimately, the forum also explored options to implement the UNCTAD-FAO-UNEP Statement on Fisheries Subsidies, which is supported by 91 countries, 4 IGOs (Intergovernmental Organizations) and more than 15 Global Civil Society Organisations.
The IOI (a partner of this forum) was represented in Geneva by Awni Behnam (Honorary President); Antonella Vassallo (Managing Director), Peter Leder (Treasurer, IOI Governing Board), Werner Ekau (Director, IOI Germany) and Behzad Alipour Tehrany. Dr Ekau presented, on behalf of the IOI, an intervention titled: “People, pollution and plastics: Modern anthropogenic factors affecting fisheries”.
Detailed information about the event can be found here.
IOI-SA cares about empowering all sectors of the population with knowledge about the marine environment including the young ocean ambassadors. They have developed a (digital) booklet of games that are available as PDFs on the IOI-SA Kids website.