IOI Training Programme:
In preparation for the training programme, participants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with
material prior to the start of the course. Obviously you are not expected to study all the following
websites and documents in detail, but the more material you are familiar with,
the better prepared you will be for the lectures. Please check back in the coming weeks, as the Course Director may revise
The COURSE READER is also useful for reference
purposes, providing a source of
key international legal instruments. It contains over 800 pages of texts divided into three main subject areas:
1) General Law of the Sea and Fisheries; 2) Climate Change; and 3) Maritime Safety & Security, and Marine Pollution.
Participants can download the electronic version, and a hard copy is also available
during the course, upon request. Note that readings and resources will also be provided by individual speakers during the programme, reflecting the issues and subject matter
in their own lecture.
United Nations Websites and Documents
- United Nations Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (link to external site).
DOALOS is your one-stop source for Ocean Affairs information within the United Nations. Please take the time to go through this site and familiarise yourself with its rich resources and links to other important sites.
- United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (link to external site). Overview and full text
- Secretary-General's Report on Oceans and Law of the Sea to the 67th General Assembly (advance, unedited material)
(link to external site). Note that the final, edited version should be available in all of the six UN languages.
- Resolution A/RES/58/14 adopted at the 58th General Assembly: Sustainable fisheries, including through the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, and related instruments (PDF document 90Kb).
- Basic Facts about the United Nations. Useful introduction to the UN's history, goals, structure and recent developments (329 page online book) .
Obviously there are thousands of documents and websites relating to last June's UN Conference on Sustainable Development, but
here are just a few to get you started:
- UNESCO: A Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability (PDF document 2.3 Mb)
An inter-agency paper towards the preparation of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
- UNEP: Global Environment Outlook (PDF document 4.7 Mb)
A summary for policy makers, as a "significant contribution" to Rio+20.
- UNEP: Green Economy in a Blue World (PDF document 2.2 Mb)
A synthesis report, analysing how key sectors that are interlinked with the marine and coastal environment can make the transition towards a Green Economy.
- World Bank: News and Broadcast (link to external website)
New global partnership to bring powerful forces together for healthy oceans.
2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg)
Additional Documents and Websites
- SIDS Toward Mauritius 2004 - 10-year comprehensive review of the Barbados Programme of Action (B+10) (Official UN website for B+10) (link to external website)
- Global Web Service on Oceans, Coasts and Islands (link to external site)
Created at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2002,
the Global Forum brings together ocean leaders from governments, intergovernmental and international organizations, non-governmental
organizations, and the private sector to achieve the sustainable development of oceans, coasts, and islands.