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OCTA Conference on Oceans

From the Poles to the Tropics, OCTs’ Blue Landscape

The Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) with the support of the European Commission, organises a Conference on Oceans on 16 - 17 October 2019.

The Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) associated to the European Union cover a combined Exclusive Economic Zone of more than 17 million km2, constituting one of the world’s largest maritime areas. Four of the ten largest marine protected areas in the world are in OCTs contributing to almost 18% of the global coverage. Oceans are of strategic importance for OCTs, which have developed actions or policies that are worthy of highlighting and sharing with other Islands, EU and global stakeholders.

Globally, the topic of “Oceans” has been gaining more and more importance on political agendas and, it has been the focus of initiatives such as the “Our Ocean” conference. It will also be the central theme for the COP 25 as “Blue COP” and the next UN Decade of Ocean Science.
In this context, the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA) is organising a Conference on Ocean on 16 and 17 October 2019, in partnership with the European Commission.

The event will gather OCTs representatives and EU officials, as well as other key players in Ocean related overseas projects and policies, to discuss common priorities such as biodiversity, marine protected areas, marine pollution, research and innovation, blue economy, EU opportunities, etc.
One of the results of the Conference will be the presentation, during a high-level political segment, of an Ocean Declaration signed by OCTs as a commitment towards the sustainability of our Oceans.

The OCTA Chair, the Prime Minister of Curaçao, M. Rhuggenaath, will chair the conference. Panellists include four Members of the European Parliament, representatives of several Directorates General of the European Commission, representatives of the Member States to which OCTs are associated and political delegations from 21 OCTs.

The event is open only to registered invitees.