United Nations – Nippon Foundation Fellows (2016) – week 6 activities
The sixth week of the fellowship programme started with the presentation on Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries. The presentation was conducted by both Mr Vladimir Jares (Deputy Director of DOALOS) and Mr Shawn Stanley (GIS Officer). In addition to the Nippon fellows, representatives of Asia Pacific Regional programme from Vietnam, Thailand, Brunei, Taiwan and the Philippines participated to the presentation. First part of the presentation was conducted by Mr Vladimir Jares covering Basic of Maritime Boundary and Limitation. State depository obligations under UNCLOS and the technical standard (especially web portal) were explained in the second part of the presentation by Mr. Shawn Stanley. It was informative presentation in which the participants specially discussed Articles 33, 55-75 and 76-84. After the presentation, fellows clarified some important points from the resource persons.
Representatives of the Asia Pacific Regional Programme
A presentation on Overview of the UNCLOS and Maritime Zones was given on the second day of the sixth week. It was the continuation of the first day presentation and it comprehensively explained about maritime zones and their relevant articles; it was delivered by Mrs. Valentina Germani. Fellows clearly clarified the different maritime zones and the legal backgrounds that are related to the each zones. Sources of the international law, general obligation of “the Area”, and delimitation of the maritime boundaries were also covered under the presentation.
Ms Charity Gumani who was the Librarian of the UN DOALOS retired from the Division. Her retirement was celebrated by all UN DOALOS staff members, UN Nippon Fellows and Interns by having farewell lunch. Director of UN DOALOS, Ms. Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli tanked to Ms Charity Gumani for her service rendered to the division. More than 20 years, she had been serving the division in her life time.
Note for Charity Gumani
There is a Chinese saying: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.” More than 20 years, you have helped more than 1000 of the people in the world, providing teaching resources, information and referral services for their studies and your outstanding service help to disseminate UNCLOS and DOALOS activities in the world. Therefore we Nippon Fellows wish that “your retirement will be everything you dreamed that it would be”.
In the last two days of the week, fellows continued their research projects and enjoyed some social time during the “happy hours”.