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“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).


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.


More information can be found here.



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.

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.



The Ocean is the largest interconnected ecosystem on earth. It provides services on which we rely; food, energy, transportation, environmental resilience, but also immaterial benefits such as beauty, cultural identity and recreation. The pivotal role of the ocean in stabilizing climate, enabling a just distribution of economic prosperity and allowing for sustainable management and good governance of human activities is recognized in Goal 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that focuses on the Ocean. For the Massive Open Online Course, marine scientists team with economists, lawyers and philosophers to bring you a holistic view of how the ocean functions, how human interactions with the ocean can be understood, and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship of our blue planet.


All the course episodes are now available as open source material online at

The 2016 EMB Bursary is awarded to Dr. Stefano Moncada to carry out research titled “Climate Coping Strategies, Economic Wellbeing and Sustainability in Vulnerable Coastal Communities”The award ceremony for this year’s Bursary was held on 13 October at the offices of the IOI Headquarters on campus. Present at the ceremony were Pro-Rector Professor Joseph Cacciattolo, Professor Louis Cassar, Dr Stefano Moncada, Ms Antonella Vassallo (IOI Managing Director) and the previous EMB Bursary award winner Ms Kristina Edwards. 


Information about the 2016/2017 EMB Bursary awardee is available on the University of Malta website.