Hague Institute Presents Research on Sustainable Oceans Governance

Within the framework of its Global Governance Reform Initiative (GGRI) project, The Hague Institute for Global Justice has disseminated the outcomes of its research on sustainable oceans governance. It did so catering both to policy-oriented and academic audiences. Oceans governance was the second focus area of the GRRI, which is a multi-year project The Hague Institute is carrying out in collaboration with the Observer Research Foundation from India (ORF) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

On April 19, 20 and 21, Dr. Joris Larik, Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute, participated in the Oceans Dialogue 2017 in Thiruvanandapuram, India. The conference was organized by the ORF in partnership with the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. During these three days, experts and practitioners discussed security and developmental challenges in the maritime domain with speakers from diverse backgrounds, including conservation specialists, marine biologists, maritime trade analysts, and security pundits.

Dr. Larik presented the recently published Hague Institute Policy Brief on “Blue Growth and Sustainable Development in Indian Ocean Governance” in the presence of, among others, Ambassador K.V. Bhagirath, Secretary-General of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands for Sustainable Development Kees Rade, Rear Admiral (Retd.) William McQuilkin, Former Director of the U.S. Navy’s Strategy and Policy Division, and Founding President and CEO of the World Ocean Council Paul Holthus.

In addition, Dr. Larik and Capt. Abhijit Singh, Senior Fellow and Head of ORF’s Maritime Policy Initiative, edited a special section in the peer-reviewed journal Global Policy on the theme “Sustainability in Oceans Governance: The High Stakes of Blue Growth”. The special section features a set of articles originating from the Global Oceans Governance workshop held at The Hague Institute last year, including on fisheries governance in the Indian Ocean, the rise of China in the oceans governance, and small island developing states.

Oceans governance will stay high on the international agenda in 2017. In June, the United Nations in will host the high-level Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (“Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”) in New York, and in October, the European Union will convene the “Our Ocean Conference” Valetta, Malta.

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