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Sustainable Ocean Summit 2019

The World Ocean Council is presenting another edition of the Sustainable Ocean Summit, themed “Investing In Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy”. This year’s event will take place in Paris, France, on November 20-22, 2019. Aside from plenary sessions, the summit will also feature workshops; one of them is entitled Assessing Threat, Risk and Environmental Impacts to Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Solutions, Best Practices and International Collaboration. Side events may also be proposed to the organizers. The program of the event is available here.

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Workshop: Les îles et le droit international

The Université Paris 8 is hosting a workshop entitled Les îles et le droit international“(Islands and International Law). The event includes presentations on new islands, territorial sovereignty, artificial islands and environmental/cultural risks. The event is set to happen in Paris, France, on 30 September 2019. More information is available here.

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Conference: MSP Forum “global meets regional”

VASAB, IOC UNESCO, EC DG-MARE and Pan Baltic Scope are organizing the 4th Maritime Spatial Planning Forum. This event is set to happen 19-21 November 2019 in Riga, Latvia. The focus will be on global and regional MSP topics, including the results and findings of Pan Baltic Scope collaboration. Interactive workshops, plenaries and key-notes will give an opportunity to look at different MSP practices and solutions in a global scale. The application to attend is open here until November 1.

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Conference: African Academy of International Law Practice

The African Academy of International Law Practice is organizing a conference entitled “Contentieux Des Espaces Maritimes Africains Dans Tous Ses États” (African maritime spatial disputes in all of its States). The event is set to happen in Paris, France on 25 September 2019. The event will feature eight presentations structured around two panels, the first on maritime disputes and the second on ocean resource management. The programme is available here (in French), and registration is open until 22 September 2019.

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ILC: Study Group on sea-level rise in relation to international law established

The United Nations International Law Commission (ILC) has decided to include the topic “sea-level rise in relation to international law” in its programme of work and established a Study Group. The Study Group will focus on the subject of sea-level rise in relation to the law of the sea. The ILC expects to receive, by 31 December 2019, examples from States of their practice that could be relevant (even if indirectly) to sea-level rise or other changes in circumstances of a similar nature. Such practice could, for example, relate to baselines and where applicable archipelagic baselines, closing lines, low-tide elevations, islands, artificial islands, land reclamation and other coastal fortification measures, limits of maritime zones, delimitation of maritime boundaries, and any other issues relevant to the subject. More information is available here.

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CLCS: Ontong Java Plateau joint claim approved

The UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) has approved and endorsed a joint claim from the Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. The joint claim over 600,000 square kilometers of additional seabed, on what is known as the Ontong Java Plateau, was lodged in 2009. More information is available here and here.

 Map of final foot of continental slope (FOS) positions in the North and South Regions, received from the Joint Delegation on 26 July 2016. Source: Commission on the Limits
of the Continental Shelf.

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Canada: Tuvaijuittuq MPA designated under Oceans Act

Tuvaijuittuq is the first Marine Protected Area to be designated by ministerial order under the Oceans Act for interim protection. Under the order, no new or additional human activities will be allowed to occur in the area for up to five years, with the following exceptions: the exercise of Inuit rights respecting wildlife harvesting as provided for under the Nunavut Agreement; marine scientific research consistent with the conservation objectives of the MPA; safety, security and emergency activities; certain activities carried out by a foreign national, entity, ship or state. The objective of this MPA is to contribute to the conservation, protection and understanding of the natural diversity, productivity and dynamism of the High Arctic sea ice ecosystem. This MPA encompasses an area of 319 411 km2. More information is available here.

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Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area. Source: Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

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