ANNOUNCEMENT

GLOBAL OCEANS ACTION SUMMIT FOR FOOD SECURITY AND BLUE GROWTH
22 to 25 APRIL, 2014
THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS


The Government of The Netherlands, in close collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Bank and the Governments of Grenada, Indonesia, Mauritius, Norway, the United States of America, is pleased to announce that this Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth will now take place in The Hague, The Netherlands from 22 to 25 April, 2014 at the World Forum conference centre.

Healthy oceans are essential for global food security, livelihoods and economic growth. The oceans cover some 72 per cent of the Earth's surface, and are both an engine for global economic growth and a key source of food security. The world faces one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century: how to feed 9 billion people by 2050 in the face of climate change, economic and financial uncertainty and the growing competition for natural resources. These multiple challenges require an integrated response and an urgent transition of the world economy towards a sustainable, inclusive and resource efficient path. Ocean health and productivity must be at the heart of global efforts to eradicate poverty, strengthen food security and build resistance to climate change.                         

For the first time, with a view to improving food security, eradicating poverty and delivering shared prosperity, global leaders, ocean practitioners, scientists, and representatives from government, business, civil society and international organizations will come together to explore action-oriented partnerships, governance arrangements, investment frameworks and new financing vehicles to turn the tide on the health of Oceans.
                         
The Summit will demonstrate measurable steps towards critical internationally agreed targets for fisheries, aquaculture, habitat protection and pollution reduction. The Summit will also highlight the need to address the next frontiers of successful integrated approaches that include public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocean governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between (i) growth and conservation, (ii) private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and (iii) ABNJ (Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction) and EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zones within the 200-mile limit from the coast).  Moreover, the Summit will take stock of previous important regional and thematic ocean conferences and delivers a pathway towards prime positioning for the oceans on the international development agenda.  

Invitations for the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue growth will be sent in the beginning of January.

All sessions of the Summit will be in the English language only.

Further information about the Summit will soon be available on this website 

Logistic Information

Please download the pdf  "Note on logistics" where you can find all relevant logistical information, including information about:

  • ODA eligible countries
  • Hotels
  • Visa
  • Venue
  • Contact

Recommended hotels

Conference Documents

The Summit will highlight the need to address the next frontier of successful integrated approaches that attract public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocea governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between (i) growth and conservation, (ii) private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and (iii) Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) policy frameworks.

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Program

  • Tuesday 22 Apr
  • Wednesday 23 Apr
  • Thursday 24 Apr
  • Friday 25 Apr
09:30 - 10:00 am

Plenary Opening Ceremony including
Keynote Speeches by:

  • H.E. Sharon Dijksma - Minister for Agriculture of The Netherlands
  • Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank
  • Arni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO

10:00 - 10:30 am

Feedback relevant meetings:

  • Asia Conference on Oceans, Food Security and Blue Growth, by H.E. Sharif Cicip Sutardjo, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia
  • The Economist World Ocean Summit, Charles Goddard, Editorial Director, The Economist Asia Pacific

10:30 - 10:50 am

Positioning the Oceans by Prof Ove Hoegh-Guldberg Director Global Change Institute, University of Queensland and Coordinating lead-author of the Oceans chapter in the 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report/ Blue Ribbon Panel Chair

10:50 - 12:10 pm

Panel discussion – Perspectives on ocean challenges, opportunities for transformation, moderated by Zeinab Badawi, Anchor BBC

    Panelists:
  • Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Senior Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Fatou Mboob, Executive Director, TRY Oyster Women’s Association The Gambia
  • Mike Kraft, Vice President, Sustainability, Bumblebee Foods
  • Rolph Payet, Minister for Environment, The Seychelles
  • Stephen Hall, Director General, WorldFish
  • Sebastian Troeng, Senior Vice President, Conservation International

12:10 - 12:20 pm

Introduction to the Program of the Summit by the Chair H.E. Sharon Dijksma - Minister for Agriculture of The Netherlands

12:20 - 12:30 pm

Introduction to Working Groups by the Chair

12:30 - 02:00 pm

Lunch, Exhibition, Side Events

02:00 - 04:00 pm

Parallel Working groups - Session 1:

  • Balancing Growth & Conservation - Growth
  • Private sector & Social Equity - Role of the Private Sector
  • ABNJ & EEZ’s - IUU fishing

04:00 - 06:00 pm

Parallel Working groups - Session 2:

  • Balancing Growth & Conservation - Conservation
  • Private sector & Social Equity - Enhancing local development
  • ABNJ & EEZ’s - Plastics in the marine environment

06:00 - 07:30 pm

Welcome Reception hosted by The Netherlands.

09:30 - 11:30 am

Parallel Working groups - Session 3:

  • Balancing Growth & Conservation - Solutions
  • Private sector & Social Equity - Getting action
  • ABNJ & EEZ’s - Cooperation

11:30 - 11:45 am

Coffee break

11:45- 12:00 pm

Plenary: Perspectives on Ocean health and productivity, implications for fisheries

12:00 - 12:30 pm

Plenary session: Feedback Working groups 1, 2 and 3

12:30 - 02:00 pm

Lunch and Exhibition, Side Events

02:00 - 04:00 pm

Parallel Working groups - Session 4:

  • Models for governance - Experiences from Integrated Management of the Marine Environment
  • Financing mechanisms - Why invest in the ocean? Insights from public, private, and multilateral institutions
  • Partnerships - Public Partnerships for Transformative Action

04:00 - 06:00 pm

Parallel Working groups - Session 5:

  • Models for governance - Creating the Conditions for Best Practice Community Management
  • Financing mechanisms - Blue bonds and innovative finance
  • Partnerships - Lessons from Effective Partnerships for Ocean Health

06:15 pm

Departure from Conference Center

07:00 - 10:30 pm

BBQ party hosted by the Netherlands

09:30 - 10:30 am

Plenary Opening Session

Welcome Remarks by Ms. Sharon Dijksma, Minister for Agriculture of The Netherlands

    Keynote address:
  • Dr. Right Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada (TBC)
  • H.E. Elisabeth Aspaker, Minister of Fisheries, Royal Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries
  • H.E. John Kerry, Secretary of State, United States of America
  • H.E. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister for Environment and Water, United Arab Emirates

10:30 - 11:00 am

Highlights from the Working group sessions of Tuesday and Wednesday

11:00 - 11:15 am

Coffee break

11:15 - 01:00 pm

1. Ministerial / High Level Round Tables

    Round Table A
  • Pitches for action
  • Including High level speakers
    Round Table B
  • Pitches for action
  • Including High level speakers

2. Parallel Working groups - Session 6:

  • Models for governance - From top-down to bottom-up: transitioning to co-management of local fisheries
  • Financing mechanisms - Banking on Sustainable Fisheries and Healthy Ecosystems
  • Partnerships - Private Sector Partnerships for Sustainable Fisheries

01:00 - 02:30 pm

Lunch and Exhibition, Side Events

02:30 - 05:30 pm

1. Ministerial / High Level Round Tables

    Round Table A
  • Discussion on draft outcome and Pitches for Action
  • Including High level speakers
    Round Table B
  • Discussion on draft outcome and Pitches for Action
  • Including High level speakers

2. Parallel Working groups - Session 6:

  • Discussion on draft outcome and Pitches for Action

06:00 - 08:00 pm

Exhibition and side events

09:30 - 10:30 am

Plenary Opening Session

  • Feedback high-level meetings
  • Feedback parallel meetings

10:30 - 11:30 pm

Presentation of draft Chair’s report

  • Reflection on outcomes and discussion

11:30 - 12:00 pm

Coffee break

12:30 - 02:00 pm

Presentation Chair’s report
Final remarks and closure of the Summit

2:00 pm

Lunch

Side events / Information booths

Application Side Event

Parties or organizations interested in organizing a side event can send a request to: Oceans2014@minez.nlAfter receiving this request, the organization team will send you an application form to mention all details. After approval we will inform the organizer of the side event and send the information to the congress centre. The congress centre will contact the organizer of the side event  directly for any extra requests.These events can only take place during the lunch breaks daily from 01h00 - 02h30 pm and on Wednesday 23rd April from 06h00 - 8h00 pm.

Please note: All extra supplies (as technical facilities and/or food and beverages) can be ordered at the World Forum congress centre and will be charged directly from the World Forum to the organizer of the side event.

Information booths

Limited space is available at the conference venue for exhibition materials and information booths. Classification will take place on a first come first served basis.The Conference Organization will offer a basic stand, which is a

  • Table (with table cover), Size 240x80 cm and  
  • 2 Poster Boards (portrait) behind the table, h: 220cm  (usable size of each: h: 147cm / w: 97cm) 
  • 2 Chairs

Please note: All extra supplies (as technical facilities and/or food and beverages) can be ordered at the World Forum and will be charged directly by the World Forum to delegation/organization.

 

Build up: Monday 21st April afternoon 04h00 -  06h00 pm

Clear away: Friday afternoon 25th April (immediately after closure of the Summit).

For exhibition materials / information booths, please send an email  to: Oceans2014@minez.nlAfter receiving this request, you will receive a form to complete.