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IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

Advancing knowledge and cooperation for a healthy ocean and prosperous society

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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.

 

Auditorium Sumitro Djojohadikusumo, B.J Habibie Building, the Headquarters of National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), IndonesiaDocument (pdf)PPT (pdf)
1.OPENING  
 1.1WELCOMING REMARKS  
 1.2KEYNOTE  
2.ORGANIZATION OF THE SESSION  
 2.1ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA  
  
  • Provisional Agenda
XIV/2.1 prov. 
 2.2CONDUCT OF THE SESSION  
  
  • Provisional timetable
XIV/2.1 prov.timetable 
  
  • Annotated provisional agenda
XIV/2.1 annotated prov. 
3.STATUTORY REPORTS  
 3.1STATEMENT OF THE CO-CHAIRPERSONSXIV/3.1 
 3.2REPORT BY THE HEAD OF WESTPAC OFFICE ON INTERSESSIONAL PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION, INCLUDING THE OPERATION OF THE WESTPAC OFFICE AND DECADE COORDINATION OFFICEXIV/3.2PPT
  
  • Guidelines for improving delivery, efficiency and impact of WESTPAC Programs and Projects
Guideline for the improvement 
 3.3RECENT DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN UNESCO, THE IOC, AND THEIR RELEVANCE TO WESTPAC-UPDATE BY THE IOC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY  
4.STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT  
 4.1CONTRIBUTION OF WESTPAC TO COUNTRIES’ IMPLEMENTATION OF SDGs, IN PARTICULAR, SDG 14: LIFE BELOW WATER PPT
 4.2CONTRIBUTION OF WESTPAC TO THE UN DECADE OF OCEAN SCIENCE  
  4.2.1UN Ocean Decade global developments PPT
  4.2.2WESTPAC led Decade Actions and Decade Coordination Office  
   
  • WESTPAC effort and the Decade Coordination Office for the region
 PPT
   
  • UN21: Accelerate Marine Spatial Planning in the Western Pacific and its Adjacent Areas
XIV/4.2.2 UN21PPT
   
  • UN22: Stem the tide of Asia’s riverine plastic emission into the ocean
XIV/4.2.2 UN22PPT
   
  • UN23: Accelerating transformations in capacity development in the Western Pacific – Regional Network of Training and Research Centers (RTRCs) on Marine Science
 PPT
   
  • UN 24: Explore the strongest ocean current in the Western Pacific: the 2nd Cooperative Study of Kuroshio and Adjacent Regions
XIV/4.2.2 UN24PPT
 4.3PREPARATIONS FOR THE SECOND UN OCEAN DECADE REGIONAL CONFERENCE & THE ELEVENTH WESTPAC INTERNATIONAL MARINE SCIENCE CONFERENCE (SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 2024, BANGKOK, THAILAND) PPT
 4.4

SENIOR GOVERNMENTAL OFFICIALS ROUNDTABLE ON THE UN OCEAN DECADE, 0900-1040, UTC+7, 5 April 2023

Brief report by SGOs Roundtable
SIDE EVENT: NATIONAL DECADE COMMITTEES FORUM,
1700-1900, UTC+7, 5 April 2023
NDC Concept Note and programme (31/03/2023)Brief report by NDCs Forum
 1700-1705Opening remarks and brief on the side event  
 1705-1720Introduction to the NDCs development and its operational guidelines
 PPT
 1720-1810Briefs about the established NDCs in the region, including their compositions, functions, operation, activities, challenges, and opportunities (8 minutes each)
  
  ChinaIndonesiaJapanRepublic of KoreaThailand; USA
  
 1810-1850Open discussions and sharing of NDCs’ perspectives and suggestions
  
 1850-1900Wrap-up and closure
  
5.REVIEW AND EVALUATION OF REGIONAL PROGRAMMES, PROJECTS AND WORKING GROUPS FOR MAY 2021–APRIL 2023  
 5.1OCEAN-BASED SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE PPT
  5.1.1North East Asian Regional-GOOSXIV/5.1.1 
  5.1.2Ocean Forecasting SystemXIV/5.1.2 
  5.1.3Monitoring the Ecological Impact of Ocean Acidification on Coral ReefsXIV/5.1.3 
  5.1.4Changing Asian Marginal Seas and their Response to Climate ChangeXIV/5.1.4 
  5.1.5South China Sea Fluvial Sediments and Environmental ChangesXIV/5.1.5 
  5.1.6Indo-Pacific Ocean Environmental Variations and Air-Sea InteractionsXIV/5.1.6 
  5.1.7Upwelling studies through ocean data integration towards sustaining ocean health and productivityXIV/5.1.7 
  5.1.8Monsoon Onset Monitoring and its Social & Ecosystem ImpactXIV/5.1.8 
 5.2MARINE BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION, OCEAN ECOSYSTEM AND HUMAN HEALTH, AND BLUE ECONOMY PPT
  5.2.1Coral Reef ResilienceXIV/5.2.1 
  5.2.2Coral Reef RestorationXIV/5.2.2 
  5.2.3Harmful Algal BloomsXIV/5.2.3 
  5.2.4Harmful Jellyfish Research NetworkXIV/5.2.4 
  5.2.5DNA Taxonomy and Recruitment Monitoring of the Coral Reef Marine OrganismsXIV/5.2.5 
  5.2.6Ocean Remote Sensing for Coastal Habitat MappingXIV/5.2.6 
  5.2.7Marine Microplastic Research and MonitoringXIV/5.2.7 
  5.2.8Marine Toxins and Seafood SafetyXIV/5.2.8 
 5.3KNOWLEDGE FOR EMERGING ISSUES/DEMANDS OF MEMBER STATES PPT
  5.3.1WG 005: Ocean Oxygen Network (WESTPAC O2NE)  PPT
  5.3.2WG007: Gas Hydrates and Methane Fluxes in the Indo-PacificXIV/5.3.2 
  5.3.3WG008: Rapid Detection Technology for Harmful Algal Blooms XIV/5.3.3 
  5.3.4WG009: Integrated Investigation in the Indo-Pacific Convergent Center: Marine Ecosystem and BiodiversityXIV/5.3.4 
 5.4CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT PPT
  5.4.1Regional Training and Research Centre on Ocean Dynamics and Climate (RTRC-ODC)XIV/5.4.1 
  5.4.2Regional Training and Research Centre on Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health (RTRC-MarBEST)XIV/5.4.2 
  5.4.3Regional Training and Research Centre on Marine Plastic Debris and MicroplasticsXIV/5.4.3 
  5.4.4Regional Training and Research centre on Reef Management and RestorationXIV/5.4.4 
  5.4.5Regional Training and Research Marine Toxins and Seafood SafetyXIV/5.4.5 
6.RECOMMENDATION OF THE WESTPAC ADVISORY GROUP ON THE PROGRAMME/PROJECT/WORKING GROUP TERMINATION, AND IMPROVEMENT OF IMPLEMENTATION PPT
7.ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW PROGRAMME/PROJECT/WORKING GROUP  
 7.1WORKING GROUP ON SMALL ISLAND RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (SIRaD)XIV/7.1PPT
 7.2WORKING GROUP ON BLUE CARBON ACTIONS (WGBCA) IN WESTERN PACIFIC REGIONXIV/7.2PPT
 7.3WORKING GROUP ON ADVANCING MARINE CITIZEN SCIENCE: ACT LOCAL TO GO REGIONALXIV/7.3 
 7.4WORKING GROUP ON TRADITIONAL AND LOCAL OCEAN KNOWLEDGEXIV/7.4PPT
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)XIV/8PPT (Assessment)
PPT (Proposal)
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

XIV/10
updated on 18 April 2023, with the inclusion of the newly established four Working Groups’ workplans

XIV/10
as of 31 March 2023

 
11.ELECTIONSXIV/11-Election procedures and forms 
12.DATE AND PLACE OF THE NEXT SESSION (IN EARLY 2025)  
13.OTHER MATTERS (INCLUDING BRIEF REPORTS BY SGO ROUNDTABLE, AND NDCS FORUM, RESPECTIVELY)Brief report by NDCs ForumBrief report by SGOs Roundtable
14.ADOPTION OF DECISIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONSExecutive summary of the meeting of the session 
15.CLOSURE