Multi-stakeholder dialogue and capacity-building partnership event: Presentations

The Multi-stakeholder dialogue and capacity-building partnership event was held from 24-25 January 2019 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Over the course of the two days, 23 presentations were held by representatives of States, global and regional intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations, including academia. Copies of the slides for each presentation can be accessed via the links below.

Co-Chairs, Moderators and Panellists

Information regarding the Co-Chairs, Moderators and Panellists for the Event can be found in this booklet (pdf).

Keynote address

Mr. Ariel Troisi, Chair of the Group of Experts on Capacity Development, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission –
keynote address (pdf)

Segment 1: The importance of integrated assessments for decision-making

Moderator: Ms. Judith Gobin, Head, Department of Life Sciences, University of the West Indies


Mr. Julian Reyna, Dean, College of Maritime Studies and Environmental Sciences, Universidad Del Pacifico, Guayaquil, Ecuador

“The importance of Integrated Assessments for decision-making (science and policy perspectives) – two successful examples” (pdf)


Mr. Murray Roberts, University of Edinburgh; ATLAS project

“Creating partnerships for capacity building in ecosystem assessment at ocean basin scale – case studies from the Atlantic” (pdf)


Mr. H.M.K.J.B. Gunarathna, Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Development and Rural Economy, Sri Lanka

“An integrated approach for Master Plan Development - Project to Increase Aquaculture Production Through Conservation and Development of the Aquatic Eco-Systems Associated with Lagoons and Inland Waters of Sri Lanka” (pdf)


Ms. Joana Akrofi, Programme Management Officer, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

“The importance of integrated assessments for decision making (science and policy perspectives)” (pdf)


Segment 2: Capacity gaps and needs related to the conduct of integrated assessments

Moderator: Mr. Osman Keh Kamara, member of the Group of Experts of the Regular Process

Part 1

Mr. Alan Simcock, Joint Coordinator of the Group of Experts of the Regular Process

“Synthesis of gaps and needs identified for enhanced participation in, and use of the assessments and other outputs of, the Regular Process” (pdf)


Ms. Caridad Canales Davila, Associate Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

“Assessment of capacity development needs of the countries in Asia and the Pacific for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: a regional perspective” (pdf)


Ms. Karen Evans, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, member of the Group of Experts of the Regular Process


“Capacity and capability gaps: needs for marine assessments” (pdf)


Mr. Roger Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University


“The imperative for multi-level cooperation in adapting to sea-level rise: a case study in San Francisco Bay” (pdf)

Mr. Maruf Hossain, Professor, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh

“Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOB LME) and the capacity gaps and needs related to sustainable management – with specific reference to BOB, Bangladesh” (pdf)


Part 2

Ms. Francesca Santoro, Lead programme specialist in Ocean Literacy, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

“The Global Ocean Science Report (GOSR) as a tool to assess global and regional capacity in ocean research and the IOC activities on Ocean Literacy”. (pdf)


Ms. Fernanda de Oliveira Lana, Post-Doctoral Researcher in Marine Biology and Coastal Environments, Federal Fluminense University (UFF), Brazil and National Focal Point of Brazil for the Regular Process


“Sustainable Fisheries and climate change data through international cooperation regional priorities: past, present and future” (pdf)

Ms. Nguyen Thanh Thao, Deputy Director, Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation, Viet Nam Administration of Seas and Islands (VASI), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE)


“International cooperation and coordination, for key environmental issues in Viet Nam” (pdf)

Mr. Wahid Moufaddal, Remote Sensing Expert, Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME)

“Role of near real-time satellite data acquisition and web-based monitoring in regular assessment of state of the marine environment” (pdf)


Segment 3: Multi-stakeholder discussion on opportunities, best practices and lessons-learned for enhancing the science-policy interface

Moderators: Ms. Doris Oliva, Head, Institute of Biology, University of Valparaiso (Parts 1 and 2); Ms. Karen Evans, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, member of the Group of Experts of the Regular Process (Part 3)

Part 1

Ms. Veronica Koroma, Senior Environment Officer, Environment Protection Agency, Sierra Leone

"The preparation of the First State of the Marine Environment report for Sierra Leone: the pathway to improved marine and coastal zone management in West Africa" (pdf)


Ms. Iryna Makarenko, Pollution Monitoring and Assessment Officer, Permanent Secretariat to the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution (Bucharest Convention) (Black Sea Commission)


“Role of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans in the Regular Process, preparation of integrated assessments and capacity building activities” (pdf)

Mr. Miguel Iñiguez, Alternate Commissioner (scientific) of the International Whaling Commission and member of the Pool of Experts

“Capacity building projects on the topic of tourism and whale watching in the framework of south-south cooperation” (pdf)


Part 2

Ms. Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission (HELCOM)

“The Baltic Sea as a time machine for the future coastal ocean”.

Slides (pdf)
Speaking notes (pdf)


Mr. Kedong Yin, Professor, School of Marine Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University


“Science-Driven Management Decision Making in Formulating Sewage Treatment Strategy” (pdf)

Mr. Ivar Baste, Bureau member and Co-Chair of the capacity-building task force, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

“Enhancing the science-policy interface: lessons learned” (pdf)



Part 3

Mr. Andrew Hudson, Head, Water & Ocean Governance Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

“GEF IW: LEARN and LME: LEARN: South-South and North-South Cooperation for Improved Transboundary Waters Management” (pdf)


Ms. Vera Agostini, Deputy Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


“The Science-policy interface: linking global to local scales” (pdf)

Mr. Ariel Troisi, Chair of the Group of Experts on Capacity Development, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

“IOC capacity development approach, including in relation to the operationalization of the Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology (CGTMT)” (pdf)


Mr. Luciano Hermanns, Member of AOCEANO (Brazilian Oceanographers Association) and member of the Pool of Experts

"A bridge between Brazilian oceanographers and international institutions" (pdf)