Highlights and images for 11 June 2019


Highlights for Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS), in discussion with panelists during the morning session

On Tuesday, ICP-20 delegates resumed informal consultations through discussion panels on the meeting theme “Ocean Science and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.”In the morning, Co-Chair Pennelope Althea Beckles (Trinidad and Tobago) moderated a second panel on “Scope and Uses of, and Gaps in, Ocean Science.” Panelists discussed, inter alia:

  • the application of science for ocean management in the UN Decade including for: coastal zone management and adaptation, regional and national capacity development planning, and early warning systems;
  • the role of ocean science in the blue economy, and contributions of blue socio-economic infrastructure to improved ocean protection;
  • the utilization of global ocean-observation systems to ensure science-based sustainable development; and
  • the work of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) in providing advice to the UN on a variety of marine environmental protection issues.
  • In the afternoon, delegates participated in a panel discussion on “International Cooperation and Coordination in Advancing Ocean Science and Addressing Related Gaps.” Discussions topics included, inter alia:

  • the work of SpeSeas on ocean research, education, and advocacy to overcome barriers in marine exploration in Trinidad and Tobago;
  • approaches and initiatives in the Pacific to address capacity-building needs through postgraduate programs, and information sharing through the Pacific Ocean Portal;
  • capacity building activities in the education sector in Sri Lanka carried out by Ocean University, including degree programs and training and awareness; and
  • capacity building as a crosscutting issue for the UN Decade, including specific requirements such as training and human resource development, financing, and transfer of knowledge and technologies.
  • During the afternoon break, delegates attended a side event on “Interdisciplinarity and Equity” where a panel of young scientists offered insights on transformative approaches to science for sustainable development.

    IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) meeting coverage, provided daily web updates from the 20th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, has published a summary and analysis report of the meeting, which is available in HTML and PDF.

    View of the dais during the morning session on “Scope and uses of, and gaps in, ocean science”
    Miguel Marques, Economy of the Sea Project, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Portugal
    Francisco Arias-Isaza, Institute for Marine and Coastal Research, Colombia
    Co-Chair Isabelle Picco, Monaco, talking with panelists during the break
    Peter Kershaw, Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), UK
    Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
    Carlos Garcia-Soto, European Marine Board, Spain
    Co-Chair Pennelope Althea Beckles, Trinidad and Tobago
    Side event on “Interdisciplinarity and equity: young scientists’ reflections on transformative approach to science for sustainable development”
    A delegate taking notes during the morning session
    Dais during the panel on “International cooperation and coordination in advancing ocean science and addressing related gaps”
    Diva Amon, SpeSeas, Trinidad and Tobago
    Jens Kruger, Ocean Affairs, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
    Ariel Troisi, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-Capacity Development Expert Group, Argentina
    Karin Kroon Boxaspen, Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, Norway
    Coumba Gaye, Senegal, and Kjell Kristian Egge, Norway, during the discussion
    Around the Venue
    Publications at the venue
    Visitors in the lobby of UN Headquarters