Negotiating for the Health of our Common Ocean at the United Nations
April 27, 2016

An ocean of diplomacy – negotiating for the health of our common ocean at the United Nations

Date: April 27, 2016

Time: 1:00pm to 2:15pm

Location: UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues – Boardroom (3rd floor)

Who benefits from ocean resources? Who gets to decide about their use and protection? And how do we provide for intergenerational equity in the long term through a healthy and resilient ocean? These are some of the questions that were explored by Dr. Marjo Vierros together with colleagues during her Visiting Fellowship at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. This talk will examine how these questions about the use and protection of ocean space and resources feature into the negotiations that started in March at the United Nations for a new international instrument for marine areas beyond national jurisdiction –an area that is also called the global ocean commons.


Dr. Marjo Vierros, Adjunct Senior Fellow, United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability


Dr. Yoshitaka Ota, NF-UBC Nereus Program, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Liu Institute for Global Issues

Professor Rashid Sumaila, Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Liu Institute for Global Issues

Dr. Jane Lister, Centre for Transportation Studies, Sauder School of Business and Liu Institute for Global Issues


Photo credit: Magnus Brath from flickr/Creative Commons