On 21 May 2020, ESCAP member States adopted a resolution on “Strengthening cooperation to promote the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific,” underscoring the importance of the Ocean for the region, and requesting the secretariat “to continue to strengthen current partnerships and to develop new partnerships, where appropriate, for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources, including through participatory, multi-stakeholder dialogue platforms.”
In line with this mandate, the secretariat hosted its Third Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean to continue to support member States, and key stakeholders, through systematic and inclusive dialogue on priority areas and challenges in our region.
This event provided a platform to identify elements for a regional “Decade Program”, currently in preparation by the secretariat, within the scope of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), and building on virtual consultations that were organized in anticipation for the Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean. The outcomes of the Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean also provided a regional perspective to inform the 2020 UN Ocean Conference.
The Third Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean took place on 29 October 2020 in a virtual modality, broadcasting from the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. With the support of partner organizations, the program offered a plenary discussion and four interactive dialogues, focusing on:
a) Fostering tourism and fisheries for sustainable development;
b) Sustainable maritime connectivity;
c) Ocean accounts, data and statistics;
d) Solutions for land-based marine pollution.
A keynote address from the President of the Republic of Palau, H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., provided an overview of regional challenges and opportunities for the protection and sustainable development of the ocean. This was followed by four parallel interactive dialogues. The event consolidated perspectives gathered prior to the Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean, and supported the identification of actionable proposals that can be integrated into the regional Decade Program. Finally, a plenary session offered a space to collect feedback from each interactive dialogue, to develop a consolidated regional perspective.
- Civil Society Organizations (including the youth and ocean protection NGOs)
- Private sector companies
- Students and staff of educational and academic entities
- Scientific community
- Intergovernmental bodies and regional organizations
- Local and national governments
- The event was hosted virtually. (via Zoom)
- The plenary sessions were streamed live via YouTube.
- Registered participants were able to choose the interactive dialogue session they wanted to join. These sessions were recorded, and links will be shared soon.
Thank you for your participation and for your commitment to protect our Ocean.