USP hosts One Ocean Hub Inception Phase Regional Workshop
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Participants of the One Ocean Hub workshop in Laucala, Suva.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) is hosting a weeklong One Ocean Hub Inception Phase Regional Workshop at the Central Cuisine in Laucala, Suva which began on 18 February 2019.
Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation & International welcomed the participants and extended a special acknowledgment to Ms Elisa Morgera, Director of the One Ocean Hub; Professor of Global Environmental Law and Co-Director of the Stratclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance.
He stated that the weeklong meetings and workshops are the third of a series of international workshops marking the beginning of a major collaboration made possible by the UK Research & Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund which has awarded the team a grant of 22million over five years. The first two workshops in this series took place in South Africa and in Ghana.
“Research on the world’s ocean is of course highly significant to this region, located in the countries of the Pacific are in the largest ocean in the world,” he commented.
The Pacific countries he remarked, have shown great leadership in the protection of our ocean environment.
“For example in 2017, the Fiji Government hosted the UN Oceans meeting in New York and our Pacific countries and organisations have made important voluntary contributions and commitments in support of Ocean Health and wellbeing,” he said.
“In this workshop we will hear much more about the One Ocean Hub and the opportunities for researchers and other stakeholders to engage with the work of the Hub,” he noted.
Professor Morgera said, “this is an incredible opportunity that we receive with a lot of gratitude for it explores how researchers can open new pathways for international cooperation”.
“We are making new efforts together to find new ways to work within the disciplines and across disciplines, across countries and regions from the global level to regional, national and local levels,” she stated.
The One Ocean Hub she said, is really about learning and learning from the people that live close to the ocean and understand it.
“Thank you for this opportunity to experience and to learn from you to enable us to put our research together and where we can go with that. But also joining our efforts in sharing that knowledge across the world in different ways, especially thinking about UN negotiations on the oceans,” she said.
The workshop will help participants achieve the aim of the Inception phase of the Hub which is to enable full Hub operation by the 1st March 2019, in line with funder’s requirements.
Some of the objectives of the workshop are to:
• Engage in substantive discussions among research partners;
• Develop a culturally appropriate Code of Conduct with monitoring, communication strategy and training;
• Finalise management and governance structure; and
• Expand on the Hubs Theory of Change.
The One Ocean Hub was launched at the Laucala Campus on 22 February 2019.
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