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Partnership Dialogue 6: Increasing scientific knowledge, and developing
research capacity and transfer of marine technology
Thursday 8 June 2017, 15:00-18:00
Statement by Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera, Legal Counsel and Deputy to
the Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority
An essential part of the mission of the International Seabed Authority is to
promote and encourage the conduct of marine scientific research in the
seabed beyond national jurisdiction.
Improved scientific knowledge is critical to effective management.
Recognizing this, the Authority is mandated to coordinate and disseminate
the results of such research for the benefit of all, particularly the
developing countries.
We have long recognized that strategic global partnerships are the key to
mobilizing scant resources to carry out deep sea scientific research.
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For that purpose, the Authority has forged productive and dynamic
partnerships with member States, deep sea exploration contractors,
scientific entities and academia.
Distinguished delegates,
The concept note for this Partnership Dialogue recognizes the progress
that we all have made in terms of capacity building. But it also identifies
the need to do more, and especially to leverage new technologies to
benefit developing countries.
In this regard, the Authority will be offering its support to several of the
partnership initiatives and voluntary commitments, including offering our
support to IOC-UNESCO in launching an International Decade of Ocean
Science for Sustainable Development and working with IOC-GEBCO to
contribute to Seabed 2030.
Today, we are pleased to draw your attention to three of the voluntary
commitments made by the Authority for this conference:
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• First. We will work with the University of Hawaii and other
stakeholders, to establish long-term deep sea observatories as part
of a global DOOS system, to monitor environmental variables and
improve understanding of ecosystem functions in the deep sea.
• Second. We are working with exploration contractors and the global
scientific community to establish publicly accessible online atlases of
species collected from the international seabed area. This will
significantly enhance international understanding of deep sea
biodiversity.
• And third. We have committed to enhance the role of women in
marine scientific research.
I invite, all of you, to join us in these partnerships.
Thank you.
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