United Nations World Ocean Assessment
Monday 28 November 2022 - Wednesday 30 November 2022
: The Hague, The NetherlandsPlymouth Marine Laboratiory's Director of Science Professor Steve Widdecombe and PML Fellow Professor Mike Moore are taking part in the first round of five regional workshops in the third cycle of the United Nations World Ocean Assessment aiming to inform the scoping of the next assessment(s), raise awareness and provide information, receive feedback, and generate interest from the regional scientific community.
Specifically they are taking part in the Workshop on the Scoping of the next Assessment(s) of the United Nations Regular Process for the North Atlantic, the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea region (Monday, 28 November, to Wednesday, 30 November 2022).
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The scope of this workshop is to inform the scoping exercise and the development of annotated outline(s) of the next assessment(s) to be produced during the third cycle of the UN Regular Process, collect regional-level data, raise awareness and provide information on the Regular Process, and generate interest from the scientific community in contributing to the drafting of the assessment(s). This third cycle was launched by the UN General Assembly in December 2019, to cover five years from 2021 to 2025. In accordance with the programme of work for the third cycle, one of the outputs of the third cycle will be the production of one or more assessments of the marine environment, including socioeconomic aspects. In addition, the Regular Process will provide support for other ocean-related intergovernmental processes, which may include a series of policy briefs for policymakers tailored to each process. The third cycle will also include a coherent capacity-building programme with the aim of strengthening the ocean science-policy interface at national, regional and global levels.
The Workshop is organized under the auspices of the United Nations, in coordination with the secretariat of the Regular Process, represented by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations (the “Division”) and with the assistance of members of the Group of Experts.