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Oceans governance: quo vadis? by Prof. Alan Deidun, Malta’s Ocean Ambassador August 12,2019   |  Source: Times of Malta

Malta, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recently hosted the first global ocean ambassadors’ meeting, with seminal entities currently involved in ocean governance convening around the same table to rationalise the various parallel ongoing activities within the same field.

Some of these entities included the EU Commission, represented by incumbent Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella, and the Finnish Presidency. The BBNJ Conference (Biodiversity in the High Seas, or in the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction) represented by the Conference President Rena Lee, FAO (the Food and Agricultural Organisation) represented by its Deputy Director-General and the Commonwealth’s Blue Charter represented by Secretary-General Patricia Scotland were also present.

Other entities represented at the meeting and having a global ocean governance remit included the IMO (International Maritime Organisation), the IOI (International Ocean Institute) and IMLI (International Maritime Law Institute) hosted at the University of Malta. Besides the Maltese ocean ambassador, the Norwegian and Swedish ones were also present for the meeting as well as diplomatic staff from Portugal, Namibia and Mauritius. The context within which the meeting was held is

 

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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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