Towards a sustainable blue economy in Asia-Pacific
In late February 2019 UNESCO and key partners promoted marine spatial planning and effective ocean governance for healthy and productive oceans in the AsiaPacific region during an actionpacked week in Viet Nam Despite the fact that they anchor the global ecosystem and millions of people across the world depend on them for their livelihood humanity has done much to abuse the oceans and the life within Now in the early 21st Century on top of the problems plastic pollution and climate change are already causing in the ocean global population growth threatens to intensify activities in coastal and marine waters A systematic and transboundary approach to how we use the oceans is thus sorely needed to minimize negative impacts caused by anthropogenic use Through the International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 20212030 which is led by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee IOC of UNESCO the United Nations is gathering ocean stakeholders around the world behind a common framework to ensure safeguarding healthy productive and resilient oceans through scienceinformed policy responses to global change and underpinning this framework is Marine Spatial Planning MSP IOCUNESCOs MSP global initiative underlines these targets developing new international guidelines and to foster transboundary cooperation regarding marine spatial planning MSP effectively following the Ocean Decades motto The ocean we need for the future we want To support this work in Asia Pacific UNESCO and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment MONRE of Viet Nam cohosted a series of events GEF LMELEARN 2nd Annual AsiaPacific Regional Network Meeting and Training over the course of five days in February on marine spatial planning ocean governance and sustainable blue economy The week started with the second Annual AsiaPacific Network Meeting in which regional marine project managers pitched innovative proposals to private sector representatives It was followed by an ocean governance training and a transboundary marine spatial planning MSP courses for 40 regional participants Through simulation activities participants improved their negotiating skill which is key if they are to tackle the real issue of coordination many competing interests in limited space The section of planning the sea especially when we did the transboundary exercise gave us a lot of practical experience as to how hard it is and we learned a lot from that commented Nguyen Thi Thu Huyen national coordinator of the GEF Small Grants Programme in Viet Nam What I enjoyed most about the course was the interactive section the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences during the class and outside of class And I am going to take this all back and share it with my stakeholders the people that I work with said Filifilia Iosefa Coordinator of the GEF Small Grants Programme in Samoa These activities fall under the Global Environmental Facility GEF LME LEARN project implemented by the UNDP and executed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission IOC of UNESCO Its target to build a regional community of practice among governments national and international experts working on coastal and marine topics in AsiaPacific For more information please send email to hanoiunescoorg
Agreement signed between UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture to support the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Palestine.
Science Priority Actions identified in Asia and the Pacifc for Sustainable Development Goals
For the second year running UNESCO Jakarta Office organized a regional strategic coordination meeting under the heading Science to Enable and Empower Asia Pacific for Sustainable Development Goals II Held in Jakarta during 1719 September the event gathered more than 100 science practitioners managers and educators from across Asia and the Pacific Together they identified six areas of priority to advance during the coming months