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What does the Global Biodiversity Framework and other 2022 UN Biodiversity Summit outcomes mean for the ocean and ocean research? (Part 1)

The global biodiversity community adopted a new global framework to catalyze, enable and galvanize urgent and transformative action at all levels to halt and reverse biodiversity loss. In addition, the UN Biodiversity Conference of the Parties (COP 15, held on 7-19 December 2022 – Montreal, Canada)) also adopted new decisions on marine biodiversity, as well as on […]

Water Ways: An International Conference on Human Relations with the Sea

Port Elizabeth/Gqeberha, South Africa, 22nd -23 September 2023 The conference aims to advance discussion on the role of human society and culture in protecting a healthy ocean. Presentations and posters on the subject of ocean health, sustainable ocean use, the role of the ocean in producing energy and resources, the links between the ocean and […]

A reflection on the Global Biodiversity Framework

Hub Director Elisa Morgera has been invited to join a panel organized by Prof John Knox, former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, on the 2022 Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework adopted under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. The panel will be jointly hosted by the American Society of International Law and […]

Leibniz Association Symposium

Hub Director Elisa Morgera has been invited to deliver a presentation on “Connecting Research, Co-producing Knowledge through Fair Partnerships and Making Policy Impact: Experiences from the One Ocean Hub” at a symposium to be held in Berlin, Germany on 17 March 2023 for the Leibniz Association, which is one of the four large publicly funded […]

Water Defenders’ Workshop

On the International Day of Action for Rivers, 14 March 2023, the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Coastal Justice Network, Defend Panay and Kamandag are organizing a workshop hosted by ocean and water defenders for defenders to share experiences, expertise, and strategies from different countries, and […]

Comparative Reflections on Customary Laws of the Coast and Sea in Africa

The distinctive histories and legal trajectories of Ghana, Namibia and South Africa provide important reflections for understanding the current obstructions and opportunities surrounding the recognition and protection of the customary laws of Indigenous peoples and small-scale fishing communities along the coast and sea across diverse contexts in Africa. Hub researchers have identified the need for […]


Last week, Hub researcher Kerry Sink (South Africa National Biodiversity Institute) and a team of marine scientists in South Africa embarked on a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary offshore expedition to enhance the capacity of young southern African scientists and to collect data in outer shelf and deep-sea habitats. The cruise is funded by the Hub. The […]

Brainstorming on new UN guidance on economic, social and cultural rights and sustainable development

Can the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights impose obligations of restraint in the use of natural resources to ensure sustainable development? Considering planetary boundaries and the need to ensure intra- and inter-generational equity, are there limits to the progressive realisation of economic, social and cultural rights, and the continuous improvement of living […]

Reflecting on IMPAC5 and the need to prioritise Indigenous- and community-led marine protection

From our point of view as social scientists who are passionate about pathways to ensure more inclusive and equitable ocean governance, IMPAC5 focus on Indigenous- and community-led marine conservation and protected areas was inherently inspiring. The conference, taking place on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations in […]