Women in maritime Asia strengthen their network

A regional conference on women in the maritime sector is taking place in Dili, Timor Leste (6-9 November) under the theme: Transitioning from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals.

The event is gathering members of the Women in Maritime Associations for Asia (WIMAs), from 22 Asian countries. The associations aim to deliver the IMO’s Programme on the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector (IWMS), giving visibility and recognition to the role women play as key resources for the maritime sector.

The conference is looking at ways to implementation the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably SDG 5, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

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Mobilizing ocean science and civil society for sustainable development

On 2 November 2017, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, with the support of the Government of Norway, hosted a side event to mobilize more coordinated efforts across nations and sectors for generating new knowledge and understanding of the ocean, and therefore improve management, stewardship and sustainable development of 71% of our planet.

A round table panel complemented the high level and special addresses, featuring IOC Executive Secretary Vladimir Ryabinin; IOC Chairperson Peter Haugan (Norway); the Vice-Chancellor of the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Prof. Nor Aieni Haji Mokhtar; and the Executive Director of Tara Foundation and representing the Ocean and Climate Platform, Romain Troublé.

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