This meeting introduced various international platforms such as Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission(IOC), and Brazilian Oceanographers Association with a focus on monitoring and sustaining oceans as well as agriculture. These speakers stressed the need for further research and accessibility of data to allow states to better protect oceans. They also called for marine information to be taught to children at a young age to further ocean literacy For example, “Ocean Teacher” is an online website with free courses on methods of fishing and other marine activities to sustain oceans. The Brazilian Oceanographers Association uses research ships to better understand the problems that plague oceans. This dialogue came to an end highlighting that science and research needs to be communicated well and translated to policy to preserves our valuable oceans.
Date/Location: Friday January 25th 2019; 15:00 to 18:00; Conference Room 3, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY
Mr. Andrew Hudson, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): “GEF IW: LEARN and LME: LEARN
Ms. Vera Agostini, Deputy Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Mr. Ariel Troisi, Argentina, Chair of the Group of Experts on Capacity Development, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Mr. Luciano Hermanns, AOCEANO (Brazilian Oceanographers Association)
Written by: WIT Representative Mariam Elsaker