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15th March - International Forum on Governing World's High Seas      

 

INVITATION TO INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON GOVERNING WORLD'S HIGH SEAS

15th March 2017

On Thursday, speaking at a forum in Sydney, will be the international experts and negotiators who seek to shape the way the world's oceans are governed into the future – and you are invited.

Presenting at the Forum titled Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ): Australia's Continuing Role are key international delegates who will go on to attend next month's New York meeting of the UN General Assembly's Preparatory Committee for a new binding new international agreement to conserve biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). Speakers have flown into Sydney to speak to an Australian audience, recognizing the role Australia plays in the negotiations.

Due to our extensive EEZ and broad maritime interests, Australia has historically championed the need for a coherent new international regime to conserve high seas biodiversity. However, filling the giant governance gap for areas where countries have historically enjoyed a 'freedom to fish' culture is going to be very difficult.

Co-hosting the forum is Humane Society International (HSI) Australia, the Australian Committee for IUCN (ACIUCN), The University of Queensland's Global Change Institute and the NSW Environmental Defenders Office.

The forum will include HSI's High Seas Advisor Alistair Graham who is the NGO nominee on the Australian Government delegation to the UN talks. He has followed this UN process with HSI since it started over a decade ago. Also speaking at the forum will be The Hon Robert Hill who spearheaded Australia's leadership role in the negotiations as Australia's Environment Minister in the Howard Government.

They will be joined by key note speakers Carl-Gustaf Lundin from IUCN Global Marine & Polar Programme and Karen Sack, Managing Director, Ocean Unite who are flying in from Europe and Washington respectively to attend the forum. Michael Bliss, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government and Australia's negotiator at the UN meeting will also present, as well as WWF International's Director of its Global Marine Program John Tanzer. Kristina Gjerde, Senior High Seas Advisor, IUCN Global Marine & Polar Programme (GMPP) and Dan Laffoley, Principal Advisor, Marine Science and Conservation, IUCN GMPP / Marine Vice Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) will be presenting via video link.

Come and hear from the experts directly with their perspectives before they head to these critical UN negotiations in New York.

The forum will provide the most up-to-date proposals and discussions on how a binding agreement will move towards more effective control of the high seas so that the international community's conservation and sustainability commitments can be met.

Supported by the Thomas Foundation

Full List of Speakers:

Kim McKay AO, Director and CEO, Australian Museum

Katherine Zischka, Director, Australian Committee for IUCN

Karen Sack, Managing Director, Ocean Unite

Michael Bliss, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government

Peter Cochrane, IUCN Regional Councillor

Carl-Gustaf Lundin, Director, IUCN Global Marine & Polar Programme

John Tanzer, Director Global Marine Program, WWF International

Kristina Gjerde, Senior High Seas Advisor, IUCN Global Marine & Polar Programme (GMPP)

Rachel Walmsley, Director, Policy & Law Reform, EDO NSW

Dan Laffoley, Principal Advisor, Marine Science and Conservation, IUCN GMPP / Marine Vice Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA)

Nicola Beynon, Head of Campaigns, Humane Society International

Alistair Graham, High Seas Advisor, Humane Society International

Michelle Grady, Director for Oceans, Pew Charitable Trusts Australia

The Hon Robert Hill AC, former Global Ocean Commissioner

Register now at https://bbnjaustralia2017.eventbrite.com.au






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