UNCTAD in collaboration with DOALOS have ushered the final phase of the project, “Evidence-based and policy coherent Oceans Economy and Trade Strategies” (OETS) which started in Barbados, Belize and Costa Rica in 2018. The project aims to promote sustainable trade of products and services in ocean- based economic sectors within the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) framework. In this context and in the face of the global pandemic, project partners are organising a high-level experience sharing workshop on 23–24 September 2021 to reflect on achievements of the project, challenges and lessons learned as well as look forward to the future of sustainable ocean economy.
Against this backdrop, the online regional experience sharing workshop aims to:
- Increase understanding on how to design and implement OETS as a tool to promote sustainable trade of products and services in ocean-based economic sectors within the UNCLOS framework.; and
- Foster cooperation among States at the regional level.
More specifically, it aims to present:
- project outcomes and share experiences, including lessons learned, on the elaboration, adoption and implementation of national OETS reports;
- the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on OETS-selected value chains and potential responses including through economic, trade and law of the sea policy and regulatory measures; and
- encourage interest in obtaining further support to develop and implement a new generation of OETS support in other countries in the Americas, Africa, the Pacific and other regions.
Event link: https://unctad.org/meeting/oceans-economy-and-trade-strategies-oets-caribbean-and-central-american-experience-sharing