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Fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands

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

Jazz band The Fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands concluded on Friday, 7 May, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

On Friday evening, participants finished the two-day policy portion of the Conference. Throughout the day, delegates heard four panels on: SIDS and Mauritius Strategy implementation in the context of climate change vulnerabilities; promoting further engagement of the global ocean science and policy community and reinforcing the science-policy interface; implementation of best practices in integrated, ecosystem-based ocean and coastal management at national and regional levels; and improved governance of marine areas beyond national jurisdiction. Delegates also heard an address by Francine Cousteau, President of the Cousteau Society, after lunch.

The day ended with a plenary session on "Moving Forward with the Global Oceans Agenda," including reports on recommendations of the roundtables, and special addresses by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ocean Futures Society, Felix Dodds, Stakeholder Forum, and by Karl Falkenberg, Director General, DG Environment, European Commission. UNESCO-IOC Executive Secretary Wendy Watson-Wright declared the conference closed at 7:29pm, after which participants enjoyed a farewell reception with live jazz music.

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Climate Change Policy & Practice
Plenary Panel 6.
SIDS and Mauritius Strategy Implementation in the Context of Climate Change Vulnerabilities.

Panelists during the panel on SIDS and the Mauritius Strategy.

Dessima Williams, AOSIS
Panel Chair Amb. Dessima Williams, Chair, Alliance of Small Island States
Ahmed Aslam, Maldives
Ahmed Aslam, Minister of Housing, Transport and Environment, Maldives.
Mary Seet-Cheng, Singapore
Mary Seet-Cheng, Ambassador of Singapore to Panama and Cuba.
David Doyle, St. Kitts and Nevis.
Ambassador David Doyle, St. Kitts and Nevis.
Plenary Panel 7.
Promoting Further Engagement of the Global Ocean Science and Policy Community and Reinforcing the Science-Policy Interface.

Panelists during the panel on reinforcing the science-policy interface.

Salvatore Arico, UNESCO
Panel Chair Salvatore Arico, UNESCO.
Aline Kuster-Ménager, France
Aline Kuster-Ménager, Ministry of Ecology, France.
Salman Hussein, Scottish Agricultural College
Salman Hussein, Environmental Economist, Scottish Agricultural College.
Lucien Chabason, IDDRI
Lucien Chabason, Deputy Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations.
Plenary Panel 8.
Implementation of Best Practices in Integrated, Ecosystem-Based Ocean and Coastal Management at National and Regional Levels.

Panelists during the panel on implementation of best practices.

Chua Thia-Eng
Panel Chair Chua Thia-Eng, Chair, East Asian Seas Partnership.
Frederick Herpers
Frederick Herpers, Secretariat General of the Sea, France.
Haitze Siemers, European Commission
Haitze Siemers, Head of Unit, Maritime Policy Baltic and North Sea, DG Maritime Affairs, European Commission.
David Freestone, GWU
David Freestone, The George Washington University Law School.
Magnus Ngoile, ASCLME Project
Magnus Ngoile, Policy and Governance Coordinator, Agulhas and Somali Currents Large Marine Ecosystems Project.
Darius Campbell, DEFRA
Darius Campbell, Marine Programme, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, UK.
A Dong, China
A Dong, Deputy Director General, State Oceanic Administration, China.
Jacqueline Alder, UNEP
Jacqueline Alder, Head, Marine and Coastal Environment Branch, UNEP.
Paul Sandifer, NOAA
Paul Sandifer, Senior Science Advisor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US.
Rejoice Mabudafhasi, South Africa
Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa.
Plenary Panel 9.
Improving Governance of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Development of Management Options.

Panelists during the panel on areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, UN-DOALOS
Panel Chair Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Deputy Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea.
Liesbeth Lijnzaad, Netherlands
Liesbeth Lijnzaad, Co-Chair, Third Working Group on marine biodiversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction.
Ambassador Don MacKay
Ambassador Don MacKay, Co-Chair, UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea.
Matthew Gianni, DSCC
Matthew Gianni, Political and Policy Advisor, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition.
Biliana Cicin-Sain, Global Forum
Biliana Cicin-Sain, Co-Chair, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands.
David Vousden, ASCLME Project
David Vousden, Project Director, Agulhas and Somali Current LMEs Project.
Moving Forward with the Global Oceans Agenda
Closing plenary dais

Speakers on the dais during the closing plenary.

Jean-Michel Cousteau
Jean-Michel Cousteau, President, Ocean Futures Society.
Felix Dodds, Stakeholder Forum
Felix Dodds, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum.
Karl Falkenberg, DG Environment, EC
Karl Falkenberg, Director General, DG Environment, European Commission.
Chu Hoi Nguyen
Chu Hoi Nguyen, Deputy Administrator, Viet Nam Administration of Seas and Islands.
Philippe Vallette, World Ocean Network
Philippe Vallette, Co-chair, World Ocean Network and General Manager, NAUSICAÁ.
Laurent Stefanini, France
Laurent Stefanini, Ambassador for the Environment, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France.
Wendy Watson-Wright, UNESCO-IOC
Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, UNESCO-IOC, declared the conference closed.
Around the Conference
UNESCO-IOC staff at the reception
Biliana Cicin-Sain, Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli and Duncan Currie
Biliana Cicin-Sain, Global Forum, Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, UN-DOALOS, and Duncan Currie, Greenpeace, at the reception.
Miriam Balgos and Katya Wowk
Miriam Balgos, Global Forum and Katya Wowk, NOAA, at the reception.
Delegates at the reception.
Francine Cousteau, the Cousteau Society
Francine Cousteau, President, the Cousteau Society, addressed delegates after lunch.
A view of plenary during a morning panel.
IISD RS reporting team
Your IISD RS reporting team, with Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain. Graeme Auld, Daniela Diz, Alice Bisiaux and Dan Birchall.
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 Change Policy & Practice - 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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