Islands and their Surrounding Ocean Areas

Dissemination of the International Policy Proposal

During the first phase of "Investigative Study Concerning Conservation and Management of Islands and Their Surrounding Ocean Area," we hosted international seminars every year in collaboration with the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resource & Security (ANCORS) and the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SOPAC Division of SPC), developed the International Joint Policy Proposal, disseminated the proposal to relevant offices and made efforts to realize its implementation.

During this project, which is the second phase, we will continue hosting international seminars in collaboration with ANCORS, SOPAC Division of SPC and PIFS, so that we can compile policies that island countries and international society should promote to achieve sustainable development of islands and their surrounding ocean areas as the New International Joint Policy Proposal, discuss its embodiment and realize its implementation.

We sent this compiled New International Joint Policy Proposal to ANCORS, SOPAC Division of SPC, PIFS and other relevant bodies, and requested that it be deliberated at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States.

International Seminar Concerning Islands and Oceans

Dates August 21 (Tue.) and 22 (Wed.), 2013
Venue Nippon Foundation Building, 2F meeting room (Akasaka, Tokyo)
Host Ocean Policy Research Foundation (Currently, Ocean Policy Research Institute)
Collaboration
  • Australian National Centre for Ocean Resource & Security) (ANCORS) (University of Wollongong)
  • Applied Geoscience and Technology Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SOPAC Division of SPC)

Programs

August, 20th
10h00m-10h30m Opening
10h30m-12h00m Session 1: Reports from each Organization activities after Rio+20
Presentation: Mr. Hiroshi TERASHIMA (OPRF)
"Status report form OPRF"
Presentation: Prof. Martin TSAMENYI (ANCORS) "Status report form ANCORS"
Presentation: Dr. Willy John MORRELL (PIFS) "Status report form PIFS"
12h00m-14h00m Lunch
14h00m-17h00m Session 2: On Conservation and Management of Islands
Presentation: Dr David Leary (University of Technology, Sydney)
"A Renewable Energy Future for Pacific Island Countries and Territories"
18h00m-20h00m Reception
August, 21st
9h00m-11h00m Session 3 Management of the Surrounding Ocean Areas
Presentation: Mr. Masanori MIYAHARA (Fisheries Agency)
"Towards Sustainable Development of Fisheries Resources in the South Pacific"
11h00m-12h30m Session 4: Response to Climate Change and Variability
Presentation: Prof. Moritaka HAYASHI (OPRF)
"Shifting of Baselines Due to Climate Change and Variability, and the Need for International Legal Measures to Mitigate Adverse Impacts against Islands"
Presentation: Prof. Toshio YAMAGATA (JAMSTEC)
"On Threats of the Evolving Climate in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) "
14h00m-15h30m Session 5: Summary, Target and Work plan for next step
16h00m-16h30m Closing

UN Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

This OWG 8 was held from February 3, 2014 to February 7, 2014, at the UN Headquarters meeting room in New York under the themes of ocean, forest, biodiversity, promotion of social and gender equal opportunity, conflict resolution, and law and governance. Approximately 150 people from NGOs that have observer qualification (major group*1 and other organizations) in addition to working group members from around 30 countries (organizations) participated in the meeting.
The UN OWG accepts observer participation and opinion submission from the working group members, major groups and other approved organizations. We are given a special consultative status by the UN Economic and Social Council. We participated in the OWG meeting as a major group and submitted the policy proposal on ocean titled "For The Better Conservation and Management of Islands and Their Surrounding Ocean Areas" to the meeting as a contributing document in advance.

Relevant Document

  1. *1 Because sustainable development cannot be achieved just by the government system, participation from 9 sectors including business and industry, children and youth, farmers, indigenous people, local governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), science and technology, women, and workers and trade unions is essential (Agenda 21, Chapter 3). Concerning NGO, the importance of NGO as a partner for sustainable development and the necessity of NGO's capacity building are stated in Chapter 27 of Agenda 21 and Clause 53 "The Future We Want."
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