We are delighted to inform you that WESTPAC will host a Regional Workshop, under the auspices of the United Nations, in support of the second cycle of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (the “Regular Process”). The Workshop will take place at the premises of UNESCO Bangkok, Thailand, on 29–30 November 2017. The Workshop covering the region of the North Pacific, is organized by the UN’s Division for the Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea of the Office of Legal Affairs.

The Workshop is convened in accordance with the programme of work for the period 2017 to 2020 for the second cycle of the Regular Process (the “Programme of Work”), with the aim to build capacity, support the development of assessment(s) and facilitate outreach and awareness-raising with regard to the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment (World Ocean Assessment-I). You can download the summary of the First World Ocean Assessment at http://www.un.org/Depts/los/global_reporting/WOA_RegProcess.htm

The specific objectives of the workshop are to:

  1. provide an opportunity to present the main conclusions of the First World Ocean Assessment;
  2. enable participants to put forward their views on the scope and structure that should be adopted for the assessment(s) to be prepared in the second cycle of the Regular Process which is/are to be completed by the end of 2020;
  3. promote capacity-building within the region so as to assist in creating the abilities to contribute from the region to the production of the assessment(s);
  4. explore what increased cooperation or coordination between processes already under way in the region could assist in providing the information required for the assessment(s);
  5. consider how assessments produced by the Regular Process can be structured to help policy-makers most effectively with their tasks; and
  6. consider how to improve arrangements for networking among various group of experts and organizations involved in the Regular Process.

For more information on this workshop. Please refer to Annex I: Guidelines for the first round of Workshops in 2017 to Assist the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects; and Annex II: Draft Agenda for the Regional Workshop to Support the Regular Process.

To this end, we encourage IOC National Focal Points for WESTPAC, to nominate suitable experts who are willing to actively engage in the second cycle of the Regular Process by sending Annex III: Nomination Form, duly completed and signed, to Ms Nachapa Saransuth at the WESTPAC Office (n.saransuth@unesco.org) with a copy to s.pannakijgarn@unesco.org, temnova@un.org, onwuasoanya@un.org and doalos@un.org, preferably no later than 26 October 2017. Ideally, the nominated experts should have been involved in and/or have good knowledge of the First World Ocean Assessment, and are able to put forward their views on the scope and structure of the assessments to be prepared in the second cycle of the Regular Process.

Given the limited financial resources available, a joint committee will be established for the selection of most suitable participants that would be provided with financial support. Updated information on the workshop will be made available, in due course, at http://www.un.org/Depts/los/rp