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Fourteenth Intergovernmental Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC-XIV)

04 Apr 2023 @ 9:00 am - 07 Apr 2023 @ 6:00 pm UTC+7

The Fourteenth Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC-XIV) is generously hosted by the Government of Indonesia from 4 to 7 April 2023 in Jakarta.

The session will bring together national competent governmental agencies, marine scientific communities and other relevant IOC ocean stakeholders in the region, aiming to foster ocean science-policy interface, advance ocean science development and cooperation, enhance related technical and institutional capacities, and jointly develop ocean science solutions to critical challenges for sustainable development in the Western Pacific and its adjacent areas.

In Jakarta, the Sub-Commission will review its developments and achievements during the intersessional period, be updated with the global ocean-related developments, including the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030), and then deliberate on the Sub-Commission’s engagement in and contribution to the Ocean Decade. The Subcommission will be expected to elect its Officers, and formulate its programme and budget for the period May 2023–April 2025. Kindly note that given the limited regular budget allocated from IOC, the WESTPAC Programme and Budget normally serves as guidance on the programmes and activities that Member States would like to jointly promote and seek funding from various sources to support their implementation.

For more information, please refer to the documents below.

Agenda itemDocumentPPT
1.OPENING  
2.ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION  
 2.1ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA  
 2.2CONDUCT OF THE SESSION  
3.STATUTORY REPORTS  
 3.1STATEMENT OF THE CO-CHAIRPERSONS  
 3.2REPORT BY THE HEAD OF WESTPAC OFFICE ON INTERSESSIONAL
PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION, INCLUDING THE
OPERATION OF THE WESTPAC OFFICE AND DECADE COORDINATION
OFFICE
  
 3.3RECENT DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN UNESCO, THE IOC, AND THEIR
RELEVANCE TO WESTPAC
  
  3.3.1Update by the IOC Executive Secretary  
  3.3.2Other initiatives  
4.STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT  
 4.1CONTRIBUTION OF WESTPAC TO COUNTRIES’ IMPLEMENTATION OF SDGs,
IN PARTICULAR, SDG 14: LIFE BELOW WATER
  
 4.2CONTRIBUTION OF WESTPAC TO THE UN DECADE OF OCEAN SCIENCE  
  4.2.1UN Ocean Decade global developments  
  4.2.2WESTPAC led Decade Actions and Decade Coordination Office  
   – UN21: Accelerate Marine Spatial Planning in the Western Pacific and its Adjacent Areas  
   – UN22: Stem the tide of Asia’s riverine plastic emission into the ocean  
   – UN23: Accelerating transformations in capacity development in the Western
Pacific – Regional Network of Training and Research Centers (RTRCs) on
Marine Science
  
   – UN 24: Explore the strongest ocean current in the Western Pacific: the 2nd
Cooperative Study of Kuroshio and Adjacent Regions
  
   – Decade Coordination Office  
 4.3PREPARATIONS FOR THE SECOND UN OCEAN DECADE REGIONAL
CONFERENCE & THE ELEVENTH WESTPAC INTERNATIONAL MARINE
SCIENCE CONFERENCE (SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 2023, BANGKOK,
THAILAND)
  
 4.4SENIOR GOVERNMENTAL OFFICIALS ROUNDTABLE ON THE UN OCEAN
DECADE
  
5.REVIEW AND EVALUATION OF REGIONAL PROGRAMMES, PROJECTS AND
WORKING GROUPS FOR MAY 2021–APRIL 2023

Note: Due to the time constraints, reporting will be consolidated and conducted according to
thematic areas of action, as specified below. However, each programme, project and WG
will prepare the progress report in written form, which will be uploaded to the event webpage.
Posters of programmes, projects, and WGs are encouraged to be displayed at the meeting
venue.

  
 5.1OCEAN-BASED SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND
ADAPTATION
  
 5.2MARINE BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION, OCEAN ECOSYSTEM AND HUMAN
HEALTH, AND BLUE ECONOMY
  
 5.3KNOWLEDGE FOR EMERGING ISSUES/DEMANDS OF MEMBER STATES  
 5.4CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT  
6.RECOMMENDATION OF THE WESTPAC ADVISORY GROUP ON THE
PROGRAMME/PROJECT/WORKING GROUP TERMINATION, AND IMPROVEMENT OF
IMPLEMENTATION
  
7.ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW PROGRAMME/PROJECT/WORKING GROUP  
8.EVALUATION OF THE FEASIBILITY STUDY ON A NEW PROPOSAL FOR A
REGIONAL TRAINING AND RESEARCH CENTRE ON MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL
MONITORING (CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG)
  
9.FURTHER ENGAGEMENT IN AND CONTRIBUTION TO THE UN DECADE OF OCEAN
SCIENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (2021–2030)
  
10.WESTPAC WORKPLAN AND BUDGET FOR THE PERIOD MAY 2023–APRIL 2025  
11.ELECTIONS  
12.DATE AND PLACE OF THE NEXT SESSION  
13.OTHER MATTERS  
14.ADOPTION OF DECISIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS  
15.CLOSURE  

Details

Start:
04 Apr 2023 @ 9:00 am UTC+7
End:
07 Apr 2023 @ 6:00 pm UTC+7
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Venue

Jakarta
Indonesia