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Second press Invitation: Marine Regions Forum 30.09. - 02.10.2019

Second press Invitation: Marine Regions Forum 30.09. - 02.10.2019
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Second Press invitation: reminder and updated programme Marine Regions Forum 2019

You are kindly invited to the

Marine Regions Forum 2019

Achieving a healthy ocean - Regional ocean governance beyond 2020

30 September to 2 October 2019, Berlin, Germany

The Forum will provide a major opportunity to hear and meet high level speakers, actors of marine regions and key stakeholders from all over the world.

- What are prevalent and emerging ocean issues, after the IPCC special report 
  on the ocean and the cryoshpere (to be published on 25th September, just after
  the UN Climate Action Summit)?  
- What role can marine regions play to achieve a healthy ocean? 
- From the Pacific to the Baltic, from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean, what 
  are the best practices and innovative solutions implemented in marine regions? 

The Marine Regions Forum 2019 aims to develop clear recommendations, catalyse actionable outputs and build partnerships for stronger regional ocean governance, making a timely contribution to the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The outcomes of the Marine Regions Forum 2019 will feed into key ocean governance policy processes both regionally and globally, in particular the 2020 UN Ocean Conference.

To get an accreditation for the plenary sessions (overview below and attached), please send an email to:

media@iass-potsdam.de, subject: 'Marine Regions Forum".

Congress venue: Vienna House Andel's Berlin, Landsberger Allee 106, 10369 Berlin

Press contact in Germany:

Matthias Tang

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS, Potsdam)

Phone: +49 (0)331 288 22-340

E-Mail: matthias.tang@iass-potsdam.de

Press contact in France:

Brigitte Béjean

Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI, Paris)

Phone: + 33 6 03 26 93 57

Email: brigitte.bejean@iddri.org

As of 18 September 2019

Overview of the speakers at the Marine Regions Forum 2019

Monday, 30 Sept 2019, 10.00-12.00: Welcome and Opening Plenary

Welcome on behalf of conference organizers

- Klaus Töpfer, TMG - Think Tank for Sustainability, also on behalf of the 
  Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), and
  the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) 

Welcome on behalf of the German government

- Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, 
  Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany 

Video message

- Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and 
  Fisheries, European Commission 

Key note statement

- Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 

Opening Panel: "Achieving healthy oceans - challenges and opportunities"

- Brune Poirson, Minister of State, attached to the Minister for the Ecological 
  and Inclusive Transition, France
- Antje Boetius, Director, Alfred Wegener Institute - Helmholtz Centre for Polar
  und Marine Researc
- David Obura, Director CORDIO East Africa
- Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, 
  Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany 

Tuesday, 1 Oct 2019, 15.00-17.00: Plenary "Ocean Governance post-2020 - The role of marine regions"

Key note statement

- Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of Working Group II of the IPCC, Alfred Wegener 
  Institute - Helmholtz Centre for Polar und Marine Research 

Video message

- Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean 

Panel reflections by

- Waldemar Coutts, Ambassador of Chile in Norway and Iceland
- David Johnson, Coordinator, Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI), 
  Seascape Consultants
- Charlotte Karibuhoye, Director MAVA Foundation
- Andreas Papaconstantinou, European Commission, Directorate-General for 
  Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Head of Unit Ocean Governance, Law of the Sea,
  Arctic Policy
- Kristina Gjerde, Senior High Seas Advisor, IUCN Global Marine and Polar 
  Programme  

Wednesday, 2 Oct 2019, 13.30-15.30: Closing Plenary "Accelerating progress, creating new pathways"

Key note statements

- Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and 
  Nuclear Safety, Germany
- Hon. Bernhard Esau, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Namibia 

Closing panel

- Jens Frølich Holte, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Maria Damanaki, Global Managing Director Oceans, The Nature Conservancy, U.S.
- Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization 
  (FAO)
- Angelique Pouponneau, Chief Executive Officer, Seychelles' Conservation and 
  Climate Adaptation Trust
- Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Director-General, Global Issues, Federal Ministry for 
  Development and Economic Cooperation, Germany 

Official closure of the conference

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