Thursday, July 3, 2008

Conference: The World Ocean in Globalization: Challenges for Marine Regions

The Fridtjof Nansen Institute will host an international conference on marine affairs and the Law of the Sea, August 21-23, 2008, in Oslo. The theme is "The World Ocean in Globalization: Challenges for Marine Regions." Background on the conference and its concept is here. The program is here. Why attend?

In connection with its 50th anniversary, the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) convenes this international conference on marine affairs and law of the sea, to provide an independent and qualified forum for the exchange of views, analyses and comments on challenges for seas and marine regions, and their resources, in the face of increasing globalization.

This is the third international conference organized by the FNI to discuss challenges for the international cooperation on oceans and seas in general, and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in particular. The previous conferences were held in 1983, following up on the adoption of the Convention, and in 1998, addressing implementation aspects following the entry into force of the Convention.

Today, the Convention has 155 parties and is widely accepted as an established legal and policy framework for the world ocean. It is now 25 years since the Convention was adopted - an anniversary that can serve as a good occasion to assess the state of affairs that the Convention aims at regulating.

In the past quarter-century, however, various aspects of globalization - affecting also on the use of the seas - have likely had more impact on the state of the marine environment and resources than all human activities have had in the entire span of human history before. Against this backdrop, the conference has three thematic foci:

  • Challenges posed by globalization
  • Interaction between global and regional regulatory and policy responses
  • Technology and science: Interface with ocean law and policy development

Through these themes, the conference will address several key issue-areas, including high-seas fishing and international navigation in particular.