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Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Regional Leaders Program

Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) Regional Leaders Program

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(Meeting: 21 March to 2 April, 2016) As part of the GEF/FAO Program on Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (Common Oceans Program, www.commonoceans.org), the GEF/FAO/Global Ocean Forum (GOF) project on Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) is organizing the 2016 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program.

The Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Regional Leaders Program, to be held on March 21 to April 2, 2016, at the United Nations in New York, is aimed at regional and national leaders from developing countries and small island developing States.

Following a successful first session in 2015, the 2016 session of the ABNJ Regional Leaders Program is designed to strengthen the capacity of leaders from developing countries and small island developing States (SIDS) at the regional and national levels to better address ABNJ resources and issues and to more effectively participate in global and regional ABNJ discussions.

Participants will gain an understanding of: ABNJ policy issues across all sectors, especially on fisheries and biodiversity conservation; regional and global ABNJ policy frameworks; global ABNJ processes (by observing part of the first session of the Preparatory Committee established in the development of an international binding instrument under UNCLOS on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (28 March to 8 April 2016); and relevant information that the participant could subsequently apply towards improved regional and national policy-making, management, and the sustainable use of marine resources in ABNJ.

The ABNJ Regional Leaders Program includes a short course focusing on ABNJ resources, ecosystems, and issues; management authorities; and policy challenges and prospects. As well, participants will be expected to meet with their respective UN Permanent Missions, and will have an opportunity to present their regional/national level perspectives relevant to ABNJ at a side event during the first session of the Preparatory Committee.

Up to 8 regional and national leaders will be selected to participate in the 2016 session to be held on March 21 to April 2, 2016 at the United Nations in New York. Travel and per diem costs of the participants will be supported by the project. Preference will be given to applicants from developing countries and SIDS. Additional self-funded qualified participants may be accommodated, subject to space considerations.

Please see the enclosed announcement for additional information. The application deadline is 8 February 2016.

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