First Week Report (21-27 March 2016)
On 21 March 2016, UN Nippon Fellows 2016 (fellows) started the whole process of fellowship program by having a meeting with Ms. Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli (DOALOS Director), Mr. Vladimir Jares (Deputy Director), Mr. Francois Bailet (Senior Legal Officer in Charge of Capacity Building and Trust Funds), Ms. Valentina Germani (Legal Adviser and Program Advisor) and Ms. Simone Dempsey (Program Assistant) in the meeting room;
UN Nippon fellows had a warm welcome from Ms. Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli and the other staff members of UNDOALOS. She highlighted the need for fellows to obtain as much knowledge as possible while undergoing the program. Francois conveyed that being part of the program is a very competitive process. Valentina briefed the fellows regarding the fellowship in general and technical matters such as rooms, IDs, working hours, internal rules and other relevant issues. Each fellow introduced him/herself and the topics they want to focus and develop further;
On 22 March 2016, the fellows aligned themselves with regional leaders under the Regional Leaders Program on Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction 2016 to follow and participate in the program, hosted by DOALOS. As part of the GEF/FAO Program on Global Sustainable Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation beyond National Jurisdiction (Common Oceans Program), the GEF/FAO/Global Ocean Forums Project on Strengthening Global Facility to Effectively Areas beyond National Jurisdiction has designed the ABNJ Leaders Program to strengthen the capacity of leaders from developing states 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 the global and regional discussions;
The ABNJ Regional Leaders Program included: 1) an introductory course on ABNJ taught by 20 experts in the field; 2) participation in the First Session of the Preparatory Committee on the development of a legally-binding international instrument on biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (First BBNJ PrepCom); 3) presentation of national and regional perspectives on ABNJ to the global negotiators at a UN side event;
At the beginning of the course, Mr. Vladimir Jares, DOALOS Deputy Director, welcomed the leaders, followed by introductions delivered by Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain (President of the Global Ocean Forum). In the first week of the programme, some training modules were delivered: Module 1 (Overview of ABNJ Resources and Issues), Module 2 (the Legal and Policy Framework for Managing ABNJ-Global Level), Module 3 (Existing uses of the ABNJ and Authorities and Processes related to ABNJ at the Global Level), Module 4 (Area-Based Approaches to management of ABNJ), Module 5 (Global Negotiations regarding ABNJ: Evolution of Negotiations, Issues, Conduct of the Prep Com on ABNJ), Module 6 (Capacity Development regarding ABNJ), Module 7 (Protection of Marine Biodiversity: Science Tools and Approaches) and Module 8 (Authorities and Processes related to ABNJ at the Regional Level: Experiences and Lessons Learned).
On 22 March 2016, the Regional Leaders were invited by Ambassador Karel van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Netherlands to the UN, at the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN to have a welcoming reception;
On 25 March 2016, the leaders had an opportunity to follow the training programme at Squire Patton Boggs in Rockefeller Plaza, NY hosted by Douglas Burnett. During the programme, they were briefed about submarine cables and related provisions in UNCLOS, authorities and processes related to ABNJ at the regional and sectoral level, presentation from UNEP concerning ABNJ at the regional level, climate change issues and overview on how to participate in international ocean and BBNJ negotiations.