Ms Rokeya Khaton, Director General of SACEP attended the 4th Meeting of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fishery Bodies.

The meeting was convened in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 11 to 14 June 2024. Financial support was provided by the Government of the Republic of Korea (through the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries), the Government of France (through the French Biodiversity Agency) and the Principality of Monaco. The meeting was convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with the organizational support of the National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea (MABIK).

Participants comprised representatives of regional seas organizations (RSOs), regional fishery bodies (RFBs), other global and regional organizations and initiatives, national governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

The meeting focused on Sharing experiences on the respective work of RSOs and RFBs and on their cross-sectoral cooperation in support of achieving global goals and targets, as well as identifying means and approaches to enhance cooperation between these bodies within and across regions; Sharing experiences on the support that global and regional organizations are providing in the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and identifying means and approaches for these organizations to support their respective member States with regard to monitoring and reporting the progress in the implementation of the Framework; and. Identifying key challenges, opportunities and priority actions/needs for global and regional organizations to support the entry into force and future implementation of the Agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement).