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UN Ocean Decade Actions
Coming Soon in 14-15 November, 2023, Qingdao, China.
It was implemented online on 16 December 2022 and was co-financed by the Government of Sweden. The event was organized by the IOC/WESTPAC and IOC-UNESCO, in collaboration with a broad range of national and international organizations working in the region. The event brought together various MSP practitioners and stakeholders in the region, including local/national authorities, research/academia, business/private sectors, NGOs, and foundations, aiming to: Share the outcomes of the 5th International MSPforum and the 3rd International Conference on Marine Spatial Planning, also the potential cooperation ideas were shared in the Forum.
To enhance the outreach of UN21, IOC/WESTPAC together with China Oceanic Development Foundation, the Pacific Islands Development Forum, First Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources of China, hosted a side event in 2022 UN Ocean Conference, with the theme of “Progressing Blue Economy through MSP: Opportunities for the Pacific”. Around 70 participants all over the world from relative government officials, scientists, entrepreneurs and stakeholders discussed the comparative advantages of the South Pacific region as well as the investment plan.
The IOC-WESTPAC Sub-Commission together with several countries and their institutions in the region developed and registered this program as a UN Ocean Decade Project (“UN21: Accelerating Marine Spatial Planning in the Western Pacific Areas and Its Adjacent Areas”) in July 2022
In response to the demands of member states, the incubator conference named “Solutions to the conflicts of ocean uses: Accelerate marine spatial planning in the Western Pacific” was held online in the UN Ocean Decade Kickoff Conference for the Western Pacific and its Adjacent Areas on 26 November 2021. The incubator gathered about 80 MSP practitioners from countries in the region, briefed on the MSP global movement and the International Guide, shared ideas and perspectives and eventually came up with an action plan to further advance MSP process in the region.