Notification 2023-049

Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) regional capacity-building workshop for East, South and South-East Asia, 5-8 September 2023 - Seoul, Republic of Korea

Dear Madam/Sir, I am pleased to invite Parties, indigenous people and local communities and relevant global and regional organizations and initiatives in the East, South and South-East Asia to participate in the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Capacity-building Workshop for East, South and South-East Asia, to be held from 5 to 8 September 2023 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The workshop is being convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with relevant regional and international organizations and initiatives, and is hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea, with financial support from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea and technical support from the National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea (MABIK). The Sustainable Ocean Initiative is a global platform that aims to build partnerships and enhance capacity to achieve global goals and targets on marine and coastal biodiversity. Its implementation is coordinated by the CBD Secretariat in collaboration with various partners. SOI was created on the margins of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention to respond to the need for capacity-building of developing country Parties with regard to the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity, and its implementation is being further enhanced within the context of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, which was adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention at its fifteenth meeting in December 2022. The workshop will focus on the capacity needs of developing countries in the region in the context of the goals and targets of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. It will address a range of thematic issues relevant to the goals and targets of the Framework, such as area-based conservation, restoration, fisheries management, and biodiversity mainstreaming, and will seek to facilitate cross-sectoral, multi-agency scientific, technical and financial partnerships to support the effective implementation of various management tools and approaches. Submission of nominations from Governments Parties from the region are invited to nominate two experts to participate in this workshop. Specifically, nominations should include one expert involved in marine biodiversity conservation, such as area-based conservation, and one expert involved in sustainable fisheries management. The Secretariat will be in a position to finance the participation of two experts from each Party eligible for funding. Nominations must include: (i) an official letter addressed to the Executive Secretary, signed by the national focal point, indicating the name and full contact details of the nominees; (ii) the attached completed nomination form; and (iii) the curriculum vitae of the nominees, clearly indicating their areas of expertise and experience. Submission of nominations from relevant organizations Relevant global and regional organizations and initiatives are invited to nominate one expert to participate in this workshop. The head of the organization/initiative should provide the name and contact details of their nominee via an official signed letter addressed to the Executive Secretary. Nominations must also include: (i) the attached completed nomination form; and (ii) the curriculum vitae of the nominee, clearly indicating the areas of expertise and experience. All nominations must be received as soon as possible but no later than 15 July 2023 (by e-mail to secretariat@cbd.int). Workshop materials will be forwarded to the selected participants and posted on the CBD website in due course. The workshop will be conducted in English. I thank you for your cooperation in this matter and for your continued support for the work of the Convention. Please accept, Madam/Sir, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Acting Executive Secretary

To: CBD National Focal Points, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points of: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Indonesia, India, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste, Viet Nam, indigenous peoples and local communities and relevant global and regional organizations and initiatives

2023-05-02

Action required by 2023-07-15

Subject(s): Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

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