The Hague Institute has published a new Policy Brief entitled Blue Growth and Sustainable Development in Indian Ocean Governance. The Policy Brief highlights that sustainable governance is a pressing matter in the Indian Ocean and for its coastal populations. It addresses a range of shortcomings in the present setup of Indian Ocean governance arrangements and, drawing on best practices from other regions, puts forward a set of recommendations aimed at fostering inclusive and cooperative structures for the Indian Ocean in the service of blue growth.
The document is disseminated in anticipation of the United Nations conference “Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14”, to be hosted in June in New York, and the EU’s “Our Oceans” conference, which will be held in Malta in October 2017.
The Policy Brief builds on the work of a two-day expert workshop on “Global Oceans Governance” held at The Hague Institute in 2016, which was part of the Institute’s Global Governance Reform Initiative (GGRI). The GGRI is a multi-year project at The Hague Institute in collaboration with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) from India and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The GGRI’s Oceans Governance phase received support, moreover, from Leiden University College The Hague.
Further research was subsequently undertaken together with a team civil servants from a number of different departments of the government of the Netherlands in consultation with experts and The Hague Institute’s partner institutions.
The next step in the dissemination of The Hague Institute’s research on Oceans Governance will be the publication in May 2017 of a special section in Global Policy under the theme Sustainability in Oceans Governance: The High Stakes of Blue Growth, edited by Dr. Joris Larik (The Hague Institute) and Capt. Abhijit Singh (ORF).