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ANU and USP Work Together to Advance Ocean Governance Thinking

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Dr Transform Aqorau delivers his keynote address during the workshop.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Governance, Development and International Affairs in partnership with the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Programme (SSGM) at the Australian National University (ANU) held a workshop on ‘Oceans Governance: Shaping our Future’ at the Laucala Campus from 1 - 2 December 2016.

The workshop aimed to advance thinking on the future of ocean governance. Topics that were covered, included changing geopolitics, the role of tradition and culture, cross jurisdictional management regimes, priorities in different ocean sectors, and information sharing.

The first day of the workshop started with a keynote address from Dr Transform Aqorau who is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement.

He eloquently outlined the evolving geopolitics and relationships shaping regional ocean governance and considered the adequacy of the current regional architecture to meet contemporary needs. 

The main address on the second day was given by Dr Hugh Govan, who is an independent ocean management consultant, and focussed on the challenges facing our oceans and those that depend on them, and talked about future opportunities.  

Participants of the workshop with Chief Guest Dr Transform Aqorau, at USP’s Laucala Campus.

The workshop was attended by leading thinkers and practitioners from across Oceania. More than forty (40) participants from Fiji, other Pacific Island Countries, Australia and United States participated, representing academic, national governments, regional agencies and non-governmental agencies.

The discussions and summary papers from the workshop can be useful for those developing Pacific Island positions prior to the United Nations Oceans Summit to be held in New York in June 2017, and managers of fisheries and other ocean sectors. 

Building on the momentum of the conference, SSGM-ANU and USP will jointly release a number of short briefs on key issues affecting ocean governance, and continue to work collaboratively to advance thinking on this important area.

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