Partnering International Ocean Instruments and Organisations

Our Ocean Partners
The Pacific Island exclusive economic zones represent approximately 30 million square kilometres or about 15% of the Pacific Ocean’s total surface area. For this reason the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat works with a wide range of partners and organisations to protect and effectively manage our Ocean.

United Nations Regular Process:
The United Nations Regular Process assesses global marine environments, including the socio-economic aspects. The Process was established in 2004 and has since been working towards producing a World Ocean Assessment through a series of regular science-based reports. The basis of the assessment is to support decision making at the global level, as well as give advice to governments, regional platforms, stakeholders and the general public, on issues related to ocean health. The first World Ocean Assessment is due to be released at the end of 2014, and reportedly will focus on gauging the impact human activity has on marine environments, identify the main threats to oceans and socio-economic aspects, as well as establish the needs and ways to effectively build capacity and education programmes.

Click here for more information about the United Nation World Ocean Assessment.

Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO):

The Global Partnership for Oceans is a World Bank initiative aimed at uniting global action designed to evaluate and combat threats and productivity in ocean health. Its main objectives are to assist in issues surrounding sustainable fishing, poverty deduction, biodiversity, and pollution reduction. The Partnership is made up of over 140 governments, international organisations, civil society groups and the private sector organisations: including the PIFS, SPREP, SPC, FFA and 9 of our Member governments including; Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, New Zealand, Samoa, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, and Palau.

Click here for more information about the Global Partnership for Oceans.

The GPO Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP):
The Blue Ribbon Panel is comprised of leaders from the public and private sector from 16 countries, including the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Pacific Ocean Commissioner, Tuiloma Neroni Slade. The Panel has recently completed a report that provides guidance to the GPO for sustainable ocean investment, as well as proposed strategies for ocean health and human security.

Click here for more information about the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel l

Global Ocean Commission (GOC):
The Global Ocean Commission is an independent panel focused on reviewing current legislation, and examining key threats and challenges relating to Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) or the ‘high seas’. The Commission is charged with coming up with recommendations on four key issues: ‘(i) overfishing, (ii) large scale loss of habitat and biodiversity, (iii) the lack of effective management and enforcement, and (iv) deficiencies in legal frameworks concerning the high seas. The GOC offers the recommendations to organisations and processes that can be employed to change in ocean governance. The Commission plans to publish its final recommendations mid-2014, and if applied by decision makers, the GOC believe they may return the World’s ocean to good health and sustainable productivity.

Click here for more information about the Global Ocean Commission.

United Nations: The Division for Oceans Affairs and Law of the Sea (DOALOS)

The Division for Oceans Affairs and Law of the Sea (DOALOS) is the main body inside the UN responsible for the Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The core responsibilities for the Division are to provide legal advice and technical services, i.e. information, advice and assistance for the General Assembly and the public. It also administers trust funds, and help with training and research conducted in the area of ocean affairs.

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Scholarship Opportunities

The United Nations Nippon Foundation Fellowship:
The UN Nippon Foundation Fellowship is programme aimed at providing government officials (and other professionals in ocean affairs, law of the sea and related disciplines) with targets skills and training. Designed to benefit people in developing countries, the objective of the programme is to assist the fellows with knowledge on ocean policy; so upon returning to their home-country they can help their governments with implementing the UN Convention on Law of the Sea and support sustainable development of our oceans.

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is a proud supporter of this programme and would like to encourage more Pacific Islanders to apply. Click here for more information or to apply for the fellowship.

Lui Bell Post-Graduate Scholarship

The scholarship was created to commemorate the work and achievements of Lui Bell, a former staff member of SPREP, who dedicated his life to the conservation of marine species in the Pacific, in particular turtles, cetaceans, dugongs and sharks. The scholarship provides financial support to Pacific Islanders who are undertaking post-graduate courses in areas of conservation and marine science.

Click here for more information and details on how to apply.


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