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29 April 2014, The Hague - The Chair's summary and main outcome of the Summit held from 22 April until 25 April in The Hague can be downloaded here. (pdf)
25 April 2014, The Hague - We will need to take unorthodox steps to tackle overfishing, climate change and pollution of the oceans. Governments, business leaders and NGOs from 80 countries commit themselves to firm agreements. In addition, 10 partnerships were announced. We have the solutions for sustainable fisheries and blue growth in our own hands and now it is a matter of putting this into action on a global scale, and this action starts today. This is the final conclusion of the Global Oceans Action Summit after a week of high level roundtable discussions in The Hague.
Dutch Minister for Agriculture and chair of the summit, H.E. Sharon Dijksma, said about the result: 'This week the world didn’t just show courage; it showed especially that’s it’s ready for action to tackle overfishing, climate change and pollution. That is exactly what the world needs right now, as only then will fish and healthy oceans still be able to provide for hundreds of millions of people after 2030.'
At the summit more than 10 new commitments for public-private partnerships were entered into, leading to action in many places around the world. Today the following partnerships will be announced:
US Secretary of State John Kerry will organise the next summit in June 2014 and is therefore following up on agreements made in The Hague. This summit was co-organised by the World Bank, the FAO and the governments of Grenada, Indonesia, Mauritius, Norway and the United States.
Árni M. Mathiesen – Assistant Director-General of the FAO said:
'This Summit has put an accent on action and the route to navigate on oceans, fisheries management and aquaculture is much clearer than before.'
World Bank representative Valerie Hickey said:
'This Summit has presented the way forward for a new type of growth – blue growth which is sustainable, equitable and takes the value of the ocean’s ecosystem services into account. Together, we can restore ocean health at the speed and scale necessary to drive broad-based blue growth, secure food security and turn down the heat on climate change. We have the set of actions needed – let’s move on them now.'
24 April 2014, The Hague - On the final day of the Global Oceans Action Summit Dutch Minister for Agriculture Sharon Dijksma has called for action to restore the health of the world’s oceans. “It takes courage to see beyond borders and act together to achieve healthier oceans and food security. Action is required, and this is the message I gave to my colleagues today. We must make progress and that begins now", said Minister Dijksma.
On the last day of the summit considerable efforts were made by over 70 heads of government, ministers, captains of industry and NGOs to improve the health of oceans and preserve fish stocks as a source of income and food. The world population is set to grow by 2 billion to reach over 9 billion people by 2050. Fish is already one of the most important sources of protein, while 30% of fish stocks are under severe pressure.
A declaration pledging healthier oceans and increased global food security is expected to be issued on Friday. An action agenda for blue growth is also being prepared. Many livelihoods, such as fisheries and tourism, depend on the ocean.
The next World Ocean Summit will be chaired by US Secretary of State John Kerry on 16 and 17 June 2014. He addressed the conference via a video link: "We look forward to the results of the Global Oceans Action Summit. And we will continue this work at the next oceans conference in June in the United States". Protecting our oceans and food security is a top priority for the US Secretary of State Kerry and for the world. "We all need to work together on this challenge", he said.
With the support of the Netherlands, the Island State of Grenada in the Caribbean will launch a project for the conservation of coral and fish. This will ensure that tourism and fisheries will continue to drive economic growth.
Grenada is highly dependant on the ‘blue economy’ through revenues from cruise ships, diving tourism and fishing. The Netherlands is investing a total of 1 million dollars in knowledge with the requirement that the business community also contributes through public private partnerships. In this context, Grenada and the Netherlands have also agreed to set up an Oceans Governance Institute to build up and exchange knowledge in the Caribbean.
Minister Dijksma initiated the partnership with the Prime Minister of Grenada Dr. Keith Mitchell during the summit. "Grenada has the courage to pursue a long-term vision. The islands are serious about protecting fragile coral. This requires knowledge in many areas, such as climate change and sustainable fisheries. The Netherlands has this knowledge in house and we will work together to improve conservation and economic growth in the Caribbean."
24 April, 2014 - Among the approaches discussed, inclusive partnerships that bring together public, private, community and civil society actors were highlighted on this 3rd day of the summit. An example of combined action in partnerships is the commercial fishery in British Columbia, Canada. One of the fishermen, Wes Erickson, is in The Hague to talk about their approach.
23 april 2014, The Hague - Indonesia and The Netherlands are starting joint projects for improved and safer fish products for millions of Indonesian consumers. This partnership is announced at the second day of the Global Ocean Actions Summit in The Hague. Total value of the joint projects is 4,5 million Euros.
Sharon Dijksma, Minister for Agriculture, The Netherlands: "Far too much fish gets wasted worldwide due to lack of knowledge of storage and cooling techniques. Needless waste of good food out of the ocean. This urges for action now, starting today. We are going to work together and invest knowledge to improve fish products for consumers."
Specialists from Wageningen University and Research Center and their Indonesian colleagues will cooperate on project locations on Kalimantan, Sumatra, Java and a smaller project on Ambon as well.
Goal of the projects is to ensure safe and high-qualitative fish products and its availibility for internal markets and possibly export. The projects will run till end of 2016.
22 april 2014, The Hague - First day impression
22 April 2014, The Hague/Rome – Urgent coordinated action is needed to restore the health of the world’s oceans and secure the long-term well-being and food security of a growing global population. That is a key message of an international summit that opens today in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Ministers and senior representatives from governments, the fishing industry, coastal communities, science and civil society are coming together at the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth (22-25 April) which aims to bring global attention and increased investment into addressing the 3 key threats to ocean health and food security: overfishing, habitat destruction and pollution. The summit will culminate in a high level roundtable on Thursday 25 April.
“Joint urgent action of the global community is needed to address the threats facing our oceans”, says H.E Sharon Dijksma, minister for Agriculture of the Netherlands, who is hosting the summit. “Local innovations to balance ecology and economy at sea must be identified and put into practice in other regions. The Global Oceans Action Summit in The Hague provides the opportunity to make a difference,”
On average, 17 % of global animal protein intake comes from fisheries and aquaculture, and demand for fish protein is expected to double in the next 20 years, yet some 28 % of global stocks are already overfished. At the same time, climate change is threatening biodiversity, altering habitats and changing the productivity of our fisheries.
“Healthy oceans have a central role to play in solving one of the biggest problems of the 21st century – how to feed 9 billion people by 2050,” said Árni M. Mathiesen, AssistantDirector-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “However, we need to act now at the speed and scale necessary to meet the challenges we face by joining forces with all stakeholders, fostering partnerships and spurring sustainable growth.
Over 500 delegates are expected to attend the Summit, including more than 60 ministers, CEOs and leaders from civil society. Hosted by the Government of the Netherlands, the Summit is co-organized by the World Bank, FAO and the Governments of Grenada, Indonesia, Mauritius, Norway and the United States of America.
The Summit will focus on some of the underlying causes that have led to the overfishing, increased marine pollution and loss of critical habitat as well as potential solutions. This means balancing the demand for growth with the need for conservation of marine areas; addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the high seas and within national exclusive economic zones; and ensuring private sector growth does not come at the expense of protecting the livelihoods of local communities.
“Solutions exist that balance the ecological and economic demands on the ocean,” said Juergen Voegele, Director of Agriculture and Environmental Services at the World Bank, a co-organizer of the event. “We have the opportunity to align all our efforts and bring solutions to scale locally. With public private partnerships and shared approaches we can restore ocean health and provide food and jobs for communities worldwide.”
In exploring solutions, emphasis will also be placed on the finance mechanisms and governance structures needed to ensure that actions have the impact and longevity to respond to global demands. Among the approaches discussed, inclusive partnerships that bring together public, private, community and civil society actors will be highlighted.
Coming out of the 2012 Rio+20 Conference, the blue economy comprises the food, jobs and opportunities for development provided by ocean and coastal assets. Blue growth emphasizes conservation and sustainable management of aquatic resources and equitable benefits to the coastal communities that rely on them.
Chair's Summary (pdf)
Statements Opening Ceremony, April 22nd 2014 by:
Statements Opening Ceremony High Level Segment, April 24th by:
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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.
All sessions of the Summit will be in the English language only.
Please download the pdf "Note on logistics" where you can find all relevant logistical information, including information about:
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.
Plenary Opening Ceremony including
Keynote Speeches by:
Feedback relevant meetings:
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
Panel discussion – Perspectives on ocean challenges, opportunities for transformation, moderated by Zeinab Badawi, Anchor BBC
Introduction to the Program of the Summit by the Chair H.E. Sharon Dijksma - Minister for Agriculture of The Netherlands
Introduction to Working Groups by the Chair
Lunch, Exhibition, Side Events
Parallel Working groups - Session 1:
Parallel Working groups - Session 2:
Welcome Reception hosted by The Netherlands.
Parallel Working groups - Session 3:
Plenary: Perspectives on Ocean health and productivity, implications for fisheries
Plenary session: Feedback Working groups 1, 2 and 3
Lunch and Exhibition, Side Events
Parallel Working groups - Session 4:
Parallel Working groups - Session 5:
Departure from Conference Center
BBQ party hosted by the Netherlands
Plenary Opening Session
Welcome Remarks by Ms. Sharon Dijksma, Minister for Agriculture of The Netherlands
Highlights from the Working group sessions of Tuesday and Wednesday
1. Ministerial / High Level Round Tables
2. Parallel Working groups - Session 6:
Lunch and Exhibition, Side Events
1. Ministerial / High Level Round Tables
2. Parallel Working groups - Session 6:
Exhibition and side events
Plenary Opening Session
Presentation of draft Chair’s report
Presentation Chair’s report
Final remarks and closure of the Summit
Parties or organizations interested in organizing a side event can send a request to: Oceans2014@minez.nl After 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.
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
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.