Side Event: The Ocean We Need for The Future We Want

The Global Ocean Commission and the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations are happy to invite you to their side event on Wednesday 21 January, lunch time, on the margins of the UN BBNJ negotiations.

Side Event: The Ocean We Need for The Future We Want

Wednesday, 21st January 2015

Conference Room 5


(Light lunch will be provided)

David Miliband, Co-chair Global Ocean Commission, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and former UK Foreign Secretary

Lisa Emelia Svensson, Ambassador for Ocean, Seas and Fresh Water, Ministry of the Environment, Government Offices of Sweden

Shorna-Kay Richards, Minister and Deputy Representative, Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the UN

Max Diener, Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico

The Global Ocean Commission report ( released in June 2014 contains eight proposals directly related to the governance, sustainable use and conservation of marine biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. The convening of the Global Ocean Commission came from the realization that the context of modern ocean governance had changed markedly since UNCLOS was negotiated.

This side event will consider these solutions and proposals which the Global Ocean Commission has tabled for a future healthy ocean in the context of the BBNJ negotiations and the potential new implementing agreement.

The Co-chair of the Global Ocean Commission will give insights to their deliberations drawn from the diverse backgrounds of the Commissioners, and will reflect on the compelling evidence which lead them to advocate strongly in their report for a new UNCLOS Implementing Agreement for the high seas.

The other eminent speakers will focus on the intimate linkages between the BBNJ process and the potential impact the outcome of these negotiations will have on the other ocean issues.

Further information can be obtained from Lisa Emelia Svensson ( or Rémi Parmentier (




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