Global Targets — Local Benefits: Setting the Sustainable Development Agenda for the Seas of East Asia beyond 2015
International Conference Sessions, Workshops and Seminars
The International Conference (November 17-20) will feature three major sessions that cover essential aspects of sustainable coastal and ocean development. Each day, the International Conference will open with a Plenary Keynote address followed by a panel discussion. The plenary session will then close, and a series of workshops will commence for the balance of the day. For each workshop, conclusions and recommendations will be prepared by the workshop participants. The workshop conclusions and recommendations will be incorporated into session conclusions and recommendations, which will be reported at the Closing Ceremony of the International Conference on 20 November.
The three sessions of the International Conference and the corresponding workshops include:
A Decade of Partnerships in Sustainable Development of the Seas of East Asia: Synergies and Achievements
This session explores the progress and achievements in coastal and ocean governance since the signing of the Putrajaya Declaration adopting the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) in 2003 and explores new challenges and international commitments, and their impact on important coastal and ocean sectors and economies in the region.
Accelerating Actions for Sustainable Development and Climate Change
This session will review best practices and lessons learned in addressing issues such as climate change adaptation, biodiversity conservation, marine pollution and waste management, food security, alternative livelihoods and water use conservation and management through the application of integrated coastal management (ICM).
- Session 2.1: Scaling up ICM: Innovations and Impacts at Local, National and Regional Levels
- Session 2.2: Application of Knowledge Management in Scaling up Partnership Investments in Sustainable Development and a Blue Economy
- Session 2.3: Valuation of Coastal Ecosytem Services and Benefits and Coastal Use Zoning: Tools for Better Planning and Implementation
From Vision to Reality: Aligning the Global Agenda with Local Benefits
This session will focus on ways and means of addressing issue-specific and region-wide objectives and action programs beyond 2015 under the updated SDS-SEA, UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and other international commitments.
* Information on conference workshops are as of 18 August 2015