14 February 2017, 1:15-2:30 pm
United Nations Headquarters, New York, Conference Room A
This side event provides a platform to discuss the contributions that an integrated ocean observing and information system can make to ocean sustainable development. Partnerships of established global, regional, and thematic observing networks will help to chart a course towards more sustainable and fit-for-purpose observations that support achievement of SDG 14 targets. This side event is initiated by the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, the EU Horizon 2020 project AtlantOS, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO Blue Planet), GODAE OceanView, the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON), the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
The side event is conceived as a dialogue between the ocean observation community, data and information producers, and some key users/stakeholders of marine data and information products.
The main objective of the side event is to identify and strengthen partnerships to advance the implementation of SDG 14, while contributing to long-term objectives:
- developing systematic ocean observations, products and information services for improved governance, Blue Growth, ocean health, and adaptation to climate change,
- supporting efforts to move from a loosely-coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities to an integrated system.
Existing and emerging ocean observing networks of different scales presently contribute to the establishment of a global and coordinated ocean observation system. However, in order to successfully achieve the goals of SDG 14, a more systematic and fit-for purpose concept of integrated observing is needed. One of the best ways to achieve this is to enhance the efficiency and capability of all ocean observing networks, by strengthening international partnerships amongst observing systems, while also ensuring close collaboration with the government and civil service actors driving requirements for fit-for-purpose ocean information for sustainable development – developing partnerships across a full value chain. Such an integrated global ocean observation and information system would provide improved quality, quantity, and accessibility of ocean observations and information, as well as a platform to deliver the information for sustainable ocean economic activities and environmental protection measures, thus realizing many blue-green growth opportunities.
Presenters (40 minutes total)
- Integrated Global Ocean Observing Systems: new regional capabilities – challenges and opportunities
Albert Fischer (IOC/UNESCO)
- Observing information products that can support SDG 14
Emily Smail (GEO)
- Ocean Governance – information needs and challenges
Kristina Gjerdes (IUCN)
- Small Island Development States – regional information needs and challenges
Tommy Moore (Pacific Islands GOOS, SPREP)
Followed by interactive discussion
Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (15-16 February 2017)
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