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18 Apr 2018 - The second meeting of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations (RSOs) and Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) on Accelerating Progress toward the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals convened from 10-13 April 2018 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, under the theme, “Unlocking the potential for transformational change towards sustainability.” The meeting was chaired by Co-Chairs Dixon Waruinge, Nairobi Convention Secretariat, and Stefán Ásmundsson, Government of Iceland.

The meeting brought together representatives of RSOs, RFBs, and relevant UN/international organizations and initiatives as well as experts from national governments and agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The objectives of the meeting included, to: hear updates on developments since the first meeting of the SOI Global Dialogue in 2016; learn about cross-sectoral cooperation at the regional scale; discuss emerging initiatives on regional ocean governance; and to share lessons learned and case studies related to regional cooperation. Participants were challenged to work in break-out groups to develop and report back concrete options on several key issues, including: enhancing application of the ecosystem approach/ecosystem-based management (EBM); strengthening effectiveness of area-based management tools; preventing, reducing and mitigating the impacts of pollution, including marine debris; and strengthening monitoring and data/information sharing in support of scientific assessment of the status and trends of marine biodiversity and fisheries resources.

The final morning of the meeting was devoted to the Partnership Networking Café, where 17 different organizations staffed tables to facilitate informal discussions, exchange information, and explore possible future collaborations. In the afternoon, the Secretariat distributed a draft summary of the meeting results, the ‘Seoul Outcomes Plus +2’, and invited participants to provide input in the coming week. The Co-Chairs closed the meeting at 12:59pm.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SOI AND THE GLOBAL DIALOGUE

SOI: The Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) arose from the 10th Conference of Parties of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2010, which emphasized the need for training and capacity-building of developing country Parties to address the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity. Recognizing this need, the CBD Secretariat, with the support of the Governments of Japan and France and other partners, established the SOI as a global platform to build partnerships and facilitate dialogue to address capacity needs in support of countries’ efforts to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Specific actions under the SOI have included: bringing together different sectors to share experiences; regional capacity-building workshops to outline opportunities and pathways to improve coordination between fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in different regions; national workshops to address specific governance and technical challenges of individual countries; and global dialogues that bring together RSOs and RFBs. The SOI concept was further developed in subsequent meetings, including the 2011 SOI Programme Development Meeting in Kanazawa, Japan, and the 2012 SOI High-level Meeting in Yeosu, Republic of Korea.

1st SOI GLOBAL DIALOGUE: Numerous decisions adopted at meetings of the CBD Conference of Parties (COP) highlight the importance of collaboration with regional organizations, including RSOs and RFBs. In response, the first meeting of the SOI Global Dialogue was convened in Seoul, Republic of Korea, in September 2016, to support the role of RSOs and RFBs in accelerating achievement of the Aichi Targets and SDGs.

The key outcome from this meeting, the Seoul Outcome: acknowledges the diversity of experiences, challenges, priorities & capacities among countries and regional organizations; emphasizes the need for capacity building activities in support of cooperation at the regional level; underlines the importance of national-level coordination in facilitating regional-level cross-sectoral cooperation and coordination; affirms the critical role played by regional organizations in supporting and facilitating actions by national governments; and emphasizes the need to continue global dialogues.

Intersessional meetings: In June 2017, an Informal Working Group for the SOI Global Dialogue met in Seoul, Republic of Korea, to: review progress made in facilitating regional cross-sectoral collaboration in achieving Aichi Targets & SDGs; review the outcome of the 2017 Ocean Conference in relation to the future role of the SOI Global Dialogue; identify potential substantive elements of the programme of future meetings of the Global Dialogue; and consider possible ways and means to maintain intersessional communication.

CONTINUE READING: http://enb.iisd.org/oceans/soi2/html/enbplus186num11e.html

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