A Roadmap for Ocean Sustainability

Date: March 22, 2012

United Nations Headquarters
North Lawn Building, Conference Room 7

New York, New York 10017


Throughout the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) preparatory process, a chorus of States, civil society and other stakeholders has called for ocean issues to be addressed. Ensuring the long term conservation and sustainable use of high seas marine biodiversity is critical for achieving the two themes of UNCSD:

  • A green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and
  • the institutional framework for sustainable development. The link between the health of the ocean, food security, livelihoods, and economic stability.

The High Seas Alliance coalition comprising over 20 of the world’s leading organizations concerned with oceans is bringing global experts to the table to discuss a roadmap for ocean sustainability. What is covered in the zero draft and what could this mean for the oceans? Why do we care about healthy oceans and what does this have to do with sustainable development? What is an ‘implementing agreement’ – and how can this help us reach global sustainable development objectives?

Specifically the side event will aim to provide a roadmap for ocean sustainability by:

  • addressing why high seas biodiversity is important for achieving sustainable development objectives;
  • outlining the failings of current management of high seas biodiversity; and
  • discussing the implications of paragraph 80 for closing governance gaps relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

List of Speakers:

Moderator: Lisa Speer, Director of the International Oceans Program, The Natural Resources Defense Council

Speaker: Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thébault, Roving Ambassador for the Environment and Rio+20, France

Speaker: Dr. Diré Tladi, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations

Speaker: Dr. Tony Haymet, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego

Speaker: Dr. Susan Lieberman, Director of International Policy, Pew Environment Group

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