HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES

A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at an event titled "Plastic in the marine environment: scaling up efforts to minimise waste" in Washington, D.C.

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HRH at the event in Washington DC

 

 

SPEECH PUBLISHED 18th MARCH 2015

 

"Your Excellencies, Under Secretary of State, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so heartened by the fact that it has proved possible for my International Sustainability Unit and the Global Ocean Commission to convene this meeting, not to mention the fact that so many people of critical importance and relevance to the issue of plastic in the marine environment have felt able to attend.

Having taken a keen interest in the state of the world's natural environment for longer than I care to remember, one thing that has always struck me as being very odd has been the comparatively low level of attention that has been devoted to the condition of the oceans. This is something that I have sought to address in my own small way in recent years and my International Sustainability Unit has, I think, made at least some progress in encouraging the transition to more sustainable marine fisheries.

However, later than one might have hoped - as I recall an abortive attempt some years ago to garner enough support to tackle this issue - but encouraging all the same, it does seem that the state of our oceans has begun to receive the attention it deserves, for which many of the organizations here today must take credit. In particular, the Global Ocean Commission has done much to raise awareness of both the issues and potential solutions and, of course, here in Washington, D.C. last June, the State Department held the seminal 'Our Oceans' Summit. And in this regard, I can only offer my warmest congratulations to Secretary of State, John Kerry, for all he has personally done to put the plight of our oceans right at the heart of the global environmental agenda, in addition to his broader leadership on climate change.

As all of you will know far better than me, the world's oceans face many threats, including overfishing, species extinction, habitat destruction and the impacts of climate change through warming and acidification. These threats do not occur in isolation, but are intimately linked to the fate of our own terrestrial environment. The natural regulation of our atmosphere, the food security of our coastal communities and the livelihoods of millions depend on the ecosystem services that the marine environment provides; an environment that is now under real threat.

One issue that we absolutely cannot ignore is that of the increasing quantity of plastic waste in the marine environment. I was horrified to learn that, according to recent research, we collectively allow as much as 8 million tonnes of plastic to enter the oceans every year. Today, almost half of all marine mammals now have plastic in their gut and I know I am not the only person haunted by the tragic images of seabirds, particularly albatrosses, that have been found dead, washed up on beaches after mistaking a piece of plastic for a meal. The fact that a recent study estimates that by 2025 there will be one ton of plastic for every three tonnes of fish in the sea is not what I call encouraging!

It is not just marine life that stands to lose from this problem. The United Nations Environment Programme estimates that plastic waste in the marine environment is costing the global economy around thirteen billion dollars every year. We must also be conscious of the impacts that this cumulative build-up of plastic waste in the food chain might be having on our own health. Although the evidence surrounding the links between plastic waste and human health are not yet clear, I would tentatively suggest that they are unlikely to be beneficial.

Given all this, it seems to me – as I am sure it does to all of you – that something must be done urgently to stem the tide of plastic entering the oceans.

There do appear to be solutions to this challenge - indeed, it has been suggested that through improved waste management, alone, the world could achieve a seventy-seven per cent reduction in plastic waste entering the oceans, something which is surely within our immediate grasp. However, a truly integrated, systemic solution to this challenge will need to go beyond simply containing the flow of waste and will require a critical examination of how waste is created within our supply chains and economies in the first place. It seems to me that finding long-term solutions to the particular challenge of plastics will require three things. First of all, improving waste management, so that all plastic waste is collected and then either recycled or used for energy production, is a key factor in decreasing the problem of litter. Secondly, governments around the world need to integrate the issue of marine littering into their national waste management strategies. Countries with advanced waste management systems and landfill restrictions have demonstrated that even though this path can be more complex and time-consuming, there is no alternative to achieving a long-lasting behavioural change. Thirdly, both the consumer and industry need to consider the value of plastics and thus need to pay the real cost (including externalities). Stimulating a second life for plastics in therefore essential; they are too valuable to be thrown away!

Faced with such a damaging and accumulating side-effect from the throw-away society, it is, I believe, utterly crucial that we do much more to speed up the transition to a more 'circular' economy - that is to say, one in which materials are recovered, recycled and reused instead of created, used and then thrown away. On our crowded planet this has to be a critical part of establishing a more harmonious relationship between mankind and the natural environment which sustains us all. Enabling that transition requires sustained commitment on all sides including, as I have just suggested, efforts to change consumer behaviour, promote long-term business thinking, improve the quality and quantity of recycling facilities and reform the policies of governments.

I can only conclude, Ladies and Gentlemen, by expressing my warmest gratitude to the Global Ocean Commission, which has worked tirelessly with my International Sustainability Unit to make this meeting possible, and to the Commissioners such as David Miliband for all their efforts to draw attention to such a critical issue.

Today's meeting is an important milestone in an important year. I hope and pray that you will take away from here the inspiration and conviction needed to ensure that concrete and timely action is taken to address this problem. For, unlike so many challenges that now confront us, there is a solution readily to hand and, speaking as a grandfather with a new grandchild due to appear in this world in a month's time, I think we probably owe it to everyone else's grandchildren to grasp that solution."

 

 

Prince Charles and David Miliband in Washington

 

 

THE TELEGRAPH 19 MARCH 2015 - US TOUR, PRINCE OF WALES CLEANER OCEANS PLEA

 

The Prince of Wales invoked his soon-to-be born grandchild last night as he delivered an impassioned plea to curb the massive amounts of plastic waste currently being dumped in the world’s oceans.

“Speaking as a grandfather with a new grandchild due to appear in this world in a month's time, I think we probably owe it to everyone else's grandchildren to grasp that solution,” he said.

The speech, delivered in a conference room overlooking the White House, made up the policy backbone of the Prince’s three-day trip to Washington DC which will culminate in a meeting with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

At an event hosted by David Miliband, the former Foreign Secretary, the Prince warned that unless something was done to change the culture of modern “throw-away” society by 2025 there would be one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish in the sea.

“[The issue] we absolutely cannot ignore is that of the increasing quantity of plastic waste in the marine environment,” he said, adding that collectively as much as 8 million tonnes of plastic was now entering the oceans every year. 

 

 

Prince Charles and Barack Obama

 

WHITEHOUSE VISIT - Prince Charles met US President Barack Obama on a visit to the White House's Oval Office in March 2015 and were told by the President that British royals are more popular among Americans than US politicians. It is reported that Mr Obama told the Prince of Wales: "I think it's fair to say that the American people are quite fond of the royal family," and the prince replied: "That's awfully nice to know." The president then joked: "They like them much better than they like their own politicians," and Charles added with a laugh: "I don't believe that."

 

Dozens of photographers, journalists and cameramen were present, including the Sun newspaper's veteran royal photographer, Arthur Edwards. The future king of England explained to President Obama that Arthur had been photographing the prince for more than 35 years, adding that the first president he had reported on in the US was Ronald Reagan. On hearing this information Mr Obama replied: "Awesome."

 


“Today, almost half of all marine mammals now have plastic in their gut and I know I am not the only person haunted by the tragic images of seabirds, particularly albatrosses, that have been found dead, washed up on beaches after mistaking a piece of plastic for a meal,” he said.

But striking a positive note, the Prince said that an international effort to improve levels of recycling could significantly address the problem, citing studies showing improved waste management could reduce the amount of plastics entering the oceans by 77 per cent.

“Faced with such a damaging and accumulating side-effect from the throw-away society, it is, I believe, utterly crucial that we do much more to speed up the transition to a more 'circular' economy - that is to say, one in which materials are recovered, recycled and reused instead of created, used and then thrown away,” he said.

Mr Miliband, who is co-chairman of the Global Ocean Commission which helped stage the event, warned that emerging economies, including India and China, would have to be bought into the system if real progress was to be made.

The former foreign secretary would not be drawn on whether he had spoken to his brother, the Labour leader Ed Miliband, ahead of the General Election but asked about his voting habits said: "I'm very open about who I vote for."

Mr Miliband, now based in the US, also laughed when he was asked how many kitchens he had but again remained tight lipped on the subject, after his younger sibling was criticised for having two kitchens in his London home. 
 

 

By , Washington, and Agencies

 

 

 

The Prince of Wales networking

 

 

THE GLOBAL OCEAN COMMISSION & INTERNATIONAL RESCUE

The Global Ocean Commission is an international organization that was launched in February 2013, with the first meeting in March 2013. The Commission is working towards reversing degradation of the ocean and restoring it to full health and productivity. Its focus is on the high seas, the areas that lie outside the jurisdiction of individual governments.

 

The high seas constitute 45% of the Earth’s surface. According to research reviewed by the Commission, this major proportion of the global ocean is under severe and increasing pressure from over-fishing, damage to important habitat, climate change and ocean acidification. The Commission comprises senior political figures, business leaders and development specialists, and deliberates with a diverse group of constituencies. These include existing ocean users, scientists, economists, business leaders and trade unions.

 

The Commission will publish its final recommendations in early 2014, shortly before the United Nations General Assembly begins discussions on protecting high seas biodiversity. The Commission’s report will consist of proposals improve the system of governance, thus ending high seas over fishing, stopping the loss of habitat and biodiversity, and improving monitoring and compliance.

 

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The Prince of Wales and David Miliband

 

Prince Charles engaging with the Co-Chair of the Global Ocean Commission, David Miliband. The Ocean Elders would no doubt approve of the GOC, since they had put the formation of such an organisation on their agenda, some years ago. Entrepreneur, Richard Branson is an Ocean Elder.

 

 

 

Prince Albert II of Monaco is also an avid supporter of cleaner oceans

 

 

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SUMMARY REPORT OF THE MEETING

 

Claudia McMurray, Senior Counsellor, International Sustainability Unit (ISU), opened the meeting on Wednesday, 18 March 2015, and welcomed participants to Washington, DC. She encouraged participants to identify a concrete program to move forward on the issue of plastic waste in the marine environment. She noted the meeting would take place under Chatham House rules, with the exception of the opening speakers and the high-level session, to encourage an open discussion on the issue and possible solutions.

 

OPENING SESSION

 

Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, encouraged participants to look at the issue as an opportunity to drive practical solutions and to develop a road map with benchmarks. Novelli emphasized the need to reduce waste generation globally, noting that waste collection rates are lowest in areas where generation is highest, and encouraged finding ways to close this gap. She emphasized the need to develop infrastructure for waste management, and highlighted examples in which the value of waste has resulted in its recapture and reuse. She also highlighted the need to consider redesign opportunities and to look upstream for ways to use less plastic or find alternatives to petroleum-based plastics, and said government should enable and not stifle innovation. Novelli called participants’ attention to the “Our Oceans” Conference that the US organized in June 2014, and said Chile will host the next Our Oceans Conference in October 2015.

 

OVERVIEW OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY: 

 

Andrew Morlet, CEO, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, discussed the concept of the circular economy. Rather than be discarded, he said material economic inputs should stay in the economy for longer through sharing, reselling, leasing, and reuse as manufacturing inputs.He noted the importance of designing products with repurposing, reuse and recycling in mind. He noted C100 and Project Mainstream, two platforms that join materials and recovery actors and share best practices. He underscored the need to: create a global plastics packaging roadmap that endorses a vision of materials as reentering the economy; design plastics consistent with this vision; collate waste recovery solutions; and spread these concepts to international markets.

 

THE MARINE PLASTICS CHALLENGE: 

 

Jenna Jambeck,University of Georgia, said the quantity of ocean plastic is primarily affected by waste mismanagement and population density on coasts. She emphasized that some middle-income economies have not developed the waste management systems necessary to keep pace with their growing economy. Suggesting culturally appropriate solutions, she urged working with developing countries on designing waste infrastructure and incentives for collection and reprocessing to achieve environmental, economic and public health benefits. She also noted that plastics do not biodegrade, but rather fragment into micro-plastics that are found in all areas of the ocean.

 

ECONOMICS OF PLASTIC WASTE: 

 

Martin Stuchtey, Director, McKinsey Center for Business & Environment, discussed an initiative that recently commenced in the Philippines and involves multiple partners, from WWF to Coca-Cola and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), in a multi-year effort that seeks to prevent plastic waste from entering the seas. He highlighted that there is a recycling and collection economy in the Philippines for higher-value plastics such as PET bottles, of which 90% are recycled. He suggested finding ways to increase the value of low-value plastics. He said action to address plastic waste could include enforcing laws more vigorously, taking advantage of new technology and broadening partnerships. He concluded by stating that “this is an opportunity to get the global commons right.”

 

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

 

SYSTEMS THINKING ON WASTE: CAN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY PROVIDE LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS FOR PLASTIC WASTE IN THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT? 

 

A facilitator guided a panel discussion on whether the circular economy can provide long-term solutions for plastic waste in the marine environment. The five panelists suggested, inter alia: casting the issue in terms of benefits to cities and society, given that “not everyone may care as much about the oceans as we do;” looking at design issues, including the materials that are being put into the supply chain; identifying a “short game” and a “long game;” and adopting a goal of zero plastic discharge into the marine environment, or even into the environment given the close links between sea and land based discharge. Panelists suggested that solutions would be different for specific contexts, including within developed and developing countries. A panelist noted that the discussion on this topic has advanced since the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference convened in 2011, and another highlighted the role of data to assist in prioritizing action.

A panelist noted confusion among the public about what is recyclable, and another panelist suggested that solutions should meet consumer needs in ways that do not require them to consider the complexity of plastic coding and that help the individual “be a good consumer.” Cultural engagement was highlighted as a part of the solution, as was active engagement of a variety of stakeholders, including legislators. In conclusion, the facilitator noted an emphasis on finding ways to motivate behavioral change, including through cultural roots, building partnerships, and using the policy space to drive more ambition.

 

Roundtables: Meeting participants continued the discussion on this topic in eight round tables. Among other ideas, these round table discussions highlighted the role for education, getting the incentives right to encourage collection, and moving toward a regime shift in design. Speakers asked how a recycling market could be created for lower-value plastics, how to keep plastic out of the ocean, and how a road map could add value. In the short term, speakers suggested selecting a region or specific problem and focusing actions to address it. Efforts to identify what already exists in terms of lessons learned and initiatives were suggested as a way to identify gaps. In this regard, the tourism sector and attention to Africa were noted to be potential gaps. 

Other roundtables discussed financial mechanisms and incentives as crucial elements for the solution, especially ways to make plastic reuse, recycling and repurposing profitable in developing countries. Participants urged government-led commitments such as a goal of zero plastic waste discharge or banning plastic bags. New York City and San Francisco were noted as leaders for ban of polystyrene single-use packaging and of plastic bags, respectively.

 

Participants discussed how to encourage change in the private sector. Voluntary certifications similar to Forest Stewardship Council were identified as potential incentives. Others urged strong regulatory action to mandate change in the private sector. Awareness-raising ideas included teaching youth about the value of plastics, helping consumers recognize recyclable plastics, and recognizing the role of retailers in promoting recycling and reuse.

 

Each round table then shared a few key points from their discussion with the full meeting. One table emphasized attention to emerging markets and identifying how to build tailored pathways for different regions and different actors. Another highlighted a need for a global road map that is “owned” by all stakeholders, with short and long term objectives and actionable activities. A third table called for attention to the boundaries of the system and the type of financing partnerships that need to be developed. Another table suggested developing a proof of concept through focusing on solutions at the national or regional level, and to analyze how to apply them to other parts of the world. The next table cited the need for dialogue to spark coalition building and raise awareness. Another table emphasized the need for better information for decision making, including at the company level, on plastics packaging and design, and at the city and government level, on best practices for waste management particularly in emerging markets. Another table summarized its discussions by remarking, “This agenda needs a Tesla moment!,” while the last table urged the adoption of an ambitious, long-term goal of zero plastic waste discharge into the marine environment.

 

 

HRH The Prince of Wales

 

MARINE PLASTIC WASTE - The Prince’s Charities International Sustainability Unit (established by HRH The Prince of Wales) and the Global Ocean Commission convened a meeting, titled “Marine Plastic Waste and the Circular Economy: Building Long-term Solutions to Immediate Challenges,” on 18 March 2015, in Washington, DC, US. Taking place at the Hay-Adams Hotel, one block from the White House, the event gathered approximately 90 representatives from business and industry, governments and civil society. In addition to statements, panel presentations and roundtable dialogues, a high-level session convened in the afternoon to hear from HRH The Prince of Wales and Co-Chairs of the Global Ocean Commission David Miliband and José María Figueres.

 

The possibilities of adopting an ambitious, long-term goal of zero plastic waste into the marine environment were discussed. Assessments of the costs of inaction were proposed, as was a waste management innovation fund. And some participants urged calling for developing a better understanding of the toxicities and impacts of plastics in the ocean on humans. 

 

The event sought to facilitate a dialogue framed around four broad areas: 1. linkages between short-term action on preventing and eliminating plastic waste from entering the marine environment, and longer-term systemic change towards a circular economy; 2. opportunities for the private sector to collaborate with other stakeholders to scale up waste management approaches; 3. gaps in knowledge and data required to address plastic waste entering the marine environment; and 4. the need to integrate regional and local stakeholders into the global narrative.

 

Participants emphasized the importance of developing a global road map that is “owned” by all stakeholders and discussed the needs for financing partnerships and pilot projects from which lessons learned could be analyzed and scaled up.

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2014 - Pope Francis tells us to look out for nature, or nature will not look after us. President Obama shares this view, most especially concerning climate change and ocean acidification.

 

 

PRACTICAL SHORT-TERM SOLUTIONS THAT STEM THE FLOW OF PLASTIC AND PREPARE THE GROUND FOR CIRCULARITY: 

 

This panel noted the importance of local partnerships in communities targeted for waste recovery efforts, and of understanding the local context, particularly in developing countries where waste pickers have different roles and efficiencies. One panelist suggested that financial incentives to collect waste should enhance, not disrupt, the local economy. A program to collect nets from fishermen in the Philippines and transform them into nylon yarn was highlighted. Participants identified access to capital as a barrier to new waste collection businesses and programs in many developing countries, and development agencies and multilateral banks were proposed as part of the solution. Panelists also discussed promoting waste to energy with national feed-in tariffs. On technological advances, one panelist noted recent innovations in waste sorting and cleanup, and hoped for progress in modifying recycled plastics to act more like virgin plastics in manufacturing. Another panelist suggested that collecting and treating film plastics for reuse held promise.

 

Roundtables: Meeting participants continued the discussion on this topic in eight round tables. Participants considered whether commonalities could be found among project requirements for islands, small municipalities and large municipalities, for example. The need for financial instruments that would remove some risk for investments was highlighted, as was investors’ interest in investments that could be scaled up rather than one-off investments. Establishing ownership from the bottom was noted to be beneficial in addressing concerns about corruption. And the importance of education of the next generation as well as present-day consumers was emphasized.

 

Other roundtables discussed the importance of baseline data. They noted that some data, such as production statistics, are accurate and readily available, while others, such as the amount of plastic discarded into the ocean, are difficult to uncover. Participants expressed curiosity over how much plastic ocean gyres contain and how much remains unaccounted for. The notion of a plastic footprint, similar to a carbon footprint, was raised as a method to encourage self-regulation and measurable action by cities, companies and even individuals. They suggested that such a footprint could also spur public pressure on corporations and provide benchmarks for corporate social responsibility. Some participants addressed the connection between public health and waste management, noting that trash could be a vector for disease, and suggested that such data could help spur action, especially at the local level. Participants agreed that understanding the toxicities of plastics in the ocean to animals and humans was a key knowledge gap.

 

Each round table then shared a few key points from their discussion with the full meeting. A roundtable reported that discussions had emphasized the need to ensure that financing is used for the right solutions. One group stressed the need to fill knowledge gaps, analyze commonalities of success, identify how these commonalities could be applied to other cases, and advance this conversation in the next few months. The importance of capacity building, targeted intervention, piloting projects in a few countries, and assessing the pilot projects was highlighted. Assessments of the costs of inaction, such as swimming in oceans filled with plastic bags, were proposed, as was a waste management innovation fund, and opportunities for leaders to network. One table recommended enacting the polluter pays principle, such as through taxing plastics or developing a cap and trade policy. Another table proposed creating a market for secondary feed stocks by involving waste pickers and certifying the quality of the collected inputs. Collating information and best practices on global plastics manufacturing and reprocessing was suggested, and several groups urged developing a better understanding of the toxicities and impacts to humans of plastics in the ocean, and the need for better corporate collaboration.

 

HIGH-LEVEL SESSION

 

José María Figueres, Co-Chair Global Ocean Commission and Former President of Costa Rica, thanked HRH The Prince of Wales for his leadership on the environment and oceans especially. He emphasized the objective of keeping plastics out of the ocean, and called attention to the Global Ocean Commission’s report, titled “From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean,” which includes a recommendation to keep plastics out of the ocean. He recalled that speakers earlier in the day had called for thinking about the roles of markets and regulation and how to create new markets to address plastic waste, and welcomed the opportunity to hear HRH The Prince of Wales’ thoughts on this issue.

 

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales noted that he was pleased the comparatively low level of attention to ocean issues is rising and that the state of our ocean has begun to receive the attention it deserves. He congratulated US Secretary of State John Kerry for convening the Our Oceans Conference and for what he has done to put oceans at the heart of the global agenda. He noted that almost half of all marine animals have plastic in their gut, resulting in costs to the global economy and impacts on the food chain. HRH The Prince of Wales said there appear to be solutions, including through improved waste management, the examination of how waste is created within supply chains, the integration of marine littering into national waste management systems, and ensuring that both consumers and industry pay the real costs, including externalities. He said it is crucial to speed up the transition to a circular economy, and expressed his warmest gratitude to the Global Ocean Commission for its work with the International Sustainability Unit. He concluded by noting that, as he will have a new grandchild soon, we owe it everyone’s grandchildren to grasp the solution.

 

David Miliband, President and CEO, International Rescue Committee, and Co-Chair, Global Ocean Commission, said the Commission was established to: understand and document what is happening to the global ocean; raise awareness on ocean degradation; make practical proposals for action; and build coalitions across the public sector, private sector and NGO actors to take action in industrial and emerging economies. The Commission, he said, has highlighted that 2015 is a year of decision, as it will recognize oceans in the Sustainable Development Goals. He said this meeting shows that plastics must be part of any goal and solution on the global ocean. Miliband identified the need to: think about the entire plastic supply chain, from producer to consumer and waste manager; spur innovation in systems to handle plastics; develop partnerships with governments as a leader and the private sector as an innovator; and engage emerging economies. He concluded by sincerely thanking HRH The Prince of Wales for focusing his convening power on this issue.

 

 

 

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

 

Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 

 

The intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which will prepare for the UN Summit, will hold the following sessions:  23-27 March (SDGs and targets); 20-24 April (MOI and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development); 18-22 May (Follow up and review); and 22-25 June, 20-24 July, and 27-31 July (intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document). location: UN Headquarters, New York  contact: UN Division for Sustainable Development  phone: +1-212-963-8102  fax: +1-212-963-4260  email: dsd@un.org www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015

 

16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea: The Consultative Process is intended to facilitate the annual review by the General Assembly of developments in ocean affairs and the law of the sea by considering the Secretary-General’s report on oceans and the law of the sea and by suggesting particular issues to be considered by the General Assembly, with an emphasis on identifying areas where coordination and cooperation at the intergovernmental and inter-agency levels should be enhanced.  dates: 6-10 April 2015  location: UN Headquarters, New York  contact: Secretary of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea  phone: +1-212-963-5915  fax: +(212) 963-5847  e-mail: doalos@un.org www: http://www.un.org/depts/los/consultative_process/consultative_process.htm

 

68th Session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee: The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will hold its 68th session from 11-15 May 2015, in London, UK.  dates: 11-15 May 2015 location: London, UK  contact: IMO Secretariat  phone: +44-20-7735-7611  fax: +44-20-7587-3210  e-mail: info@imo.org www: http://www.imo.org/MediaCentre/MeetingSummaries/Pages/Default.aspx

 

Fifth Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission: The Global Ocean Commission will hold its fifth plenary meeting in New York. dates: 17 May 2015  location: New York City, US contact: Global Ocean Commission Secretariat  phone: +44-1865-280742  email: contact@globaloceancommission.org www: http://www.globaloceancommission.org/

 

48th Meeting of the GEF Council: The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF’s focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. dates: 2-4 June 2015  location: Washington D.C., US contact: GEF Secretariat  phone:  +1-202-473-0508  fax: +1-202-522-3240/3245  email: secretariat@thegef.org www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/node/10938

 

World Oceans Day 2015: World Oceans Day has been celebrated annually, on 8 June, since the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 63/111 in December 2008.  date: 8 June 2015  www: http://www.un.org/en/events/oceansday/

 

UN Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda: The summit is expected to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, including: a declaration; a set of Sustainable Development Goals, targets, and indicators; their means of implementation and a new Global Partnership for Development; and a framework for follow-up and review of implementation.  dates: 25-27 September 2015  location: UN Headquarters, New York  contact: UN Division for Sustainable Development  fax: +1-212-963-4260  email: dsd@un.org www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/summit

 

Second Our Oceans Conference: At the conclusion of the June 2014 Our Oceans Conference, which was convened by the US State Department in Washington, DC, Chile offered to host the second meeting.  dates: October 2015  location: Chile  www: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/228006.pdf

 

 

 

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