WMU Highlights Empowering Women Programme at ABLOS Conference

From 11 - 12 October, the World Maritime University (WMU) - Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute (GOI), in collaboration with the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), presented at the 11th Advisory Board on the Law of the Sea (ABLOS) Conference in Monaco. The two institutions presented research completed within WMU’s Empowering Women for the Ocean Decade Programme, including practical actions for gender equality and women empowerment in ocean sciences.

Professor Ronán Long, Director of the GOI, delivered a keynote address about the Gender Equality Strategy and Action Plan drafted by the Empowering Women team, including practical and policy-relevant recommendations to improve gender equality in ocean science and ocean governance systems, as well as guiding elements to consolidate women’s overall participation and representation. Also representing the Empowering Women programme, Dr Renis Auma Ojwala, GOI Research Assistant, presented on Gender Equality in Ocean Science for Sustainable Development: Analysis of Ocean Science Institutions in Kenya.

WMU contributed additional speakers and moderators for the conference including Professor Clive Schofield, Head of Research at the GOI, who presented on Sea Level Rise and Baselines along the Coast: Rising Waters and Changing Interpretations as well as co-presenting on Transparency and Predictability in the Maritime Delimitation Process: Reverse-Engineering the Somalia-Kenya Adjudicated Boundary. Dr Johan Hollander, Professor in Sustainable Marine Management & Ocean Governance and Nippon Foundation Chair, presented on the topic of Global Climate Change is Contributing to Elevated Sea Levels, Increased Coastal Erosion and Flooding, and Associate Professor, Zhen Sun, presented on Challenges and Prospects between the Freedom and the Jurisdiction: An Engagement between Submarine Cables and Marine Scientific Research. Assistant Professor Tafsir Matin Johansson presented on the topic of Dynamic Governance in the Application of Maritime Remote Inspection Techniques: Recommendations for Reform.

ABLOS provides advice, guidance, and offers expert interpretation of hydrographic, geodetic, and other technical aspects of the Law of the Sea to parent organizations, their member States, and other organizations on request. ABLOS Biennial Conferences traditionally feature high-standard presentations and discussions that provide opportunities for further exchange of ideas among participants from intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, research institutions, and private sector actors.

To learn more about future engagement activities with the Empowering Women Forum, please follow the links below:-

About the DFO-WMU Empowering Women for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development Programme

The purpose of the Empowering Women Programme is to advance an alternative, inclusive model for the sustainable governance of ocean spaces and maritime activities that duly takes into account the need to ensure effective gender equality and the empowerment of women at all levels in order to ensure the sustainable management of the global ocean. The Programme is endorsed by IOC-UNESCO as a Decade Action and  plays a central role in supporting the Ocean Decade mission to catalyze transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development. The Empowering Women for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development Programme is generously funded by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) with additional support from The Nippon Foundation. 

About the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute

The WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute is an independent focal point for the ocean science-policy-law-industry-society interface where policy makers, the scientific community, regulators, industry actors, academics, and representatives of civil society meet to discuss how best to manage and use ocean spaces and their resources in accordance with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Institute was inaugurated in May 2018 and made possible through generous support from The Nippon Foundation of Japan, the Governments of Sweden, Canada, and Germany, as well as the City of Malmö. 

About the International Hydrographic Organization

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) works to ensure that all the world's seas, oceans and navigable waters are surveyed and charted, thereby supporting safety of navigation and the protection of the marine environment. It coordinates the activities of national hydrographic offices and sets standards in order to promote uniformity in nautical charts and documents. It issues survey best practices and provides guidelines to maximize the use of hydrographic information. 

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