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The Global Dialogue on Sustainable Ocean Development

The 5th Global Dialogue from the Global Ocean Accounts Partnership

The 5th Global Dialogue from the Global Ocean Accounts Partnership

1-5 July 2024 | The Meru Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Key dates

  • Full registration open until 8 June 2024 in English, French (Français) and Spanish (Español).
  • Register for training before 31 May.
  • Apply for a side event before 31 May (successful applicants to be notified by 17 May)
  • Application for funded place: 26 April (successful applicants to be notified soon after, if not before)

Join us at the Global Dialogue on Sustainable Ocean Development

GOAP Co-Chairs, the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (Kementerian Kelautan dan Perikanan Republik Indonesia), Indonesia and Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, warmly invite you to the Global Dialogue on Sustainable Ocean Development.

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Over five days, the Global Dialogue on Sustainable Ocean Development will convene a diverse community of those responsible for delivering a sustainable ocean economy in practice, from community representatives and technical practitioners to senior decision makers.

In an expansion of ambition, this Global Dialogue on Sustainable Ocean Development focuses on accelerating the shift towards a sustainable ocean economy — through interlinked efforts to build accounting systems that reveal multiple values of the ocean, and implement Sustainable Ocean Plans, Marine Spatial Planning, Marine Protected Areas, ocean-based climate action, and sustainable finance.

The Global Dialogue will begin with two days of technical training, including interactive workshops and presentations from experts, followed by three days of the core event, featuring panels, roundtables and side events intended to accelerate international collaboration and knowledge exchange. 

As recognised in Targets 15.9 and 17.19 of the Sustainable Development Goals, environmental and ecosystem accounts and measures of progress “beyond GDP” are foundational to successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda and sustainable ocean development. The importance of ocean accounts arises from their ability to organise social, economic and environmental information in a manner consistent with economic accounting systems already implemented by many countries. This enables coherent and standardised measurement, decision-making, investment, innovation and other actions supporting sustainable ocean-based development.

Building on the success of the previous Global Dialogues, which attracted over 670 delegates from 73 countries, this year’s event offers the first opportunity for the global ocean accounts community to convene in person since the inaugural Global Dialogue in 2019.

Delegates will leave the Global Dialogue with knowledge and skills that support their communities and institutions to go beyond GDP to measure and manage progress towards sustainable ocean development.  


Download the event Agenda here

Call for Side Events

The GOAP Secretariat is currently seeking abstracts for side events aligned with the objectives of the Global Dialogue. Please apply to host a Side Event via this application form before May 3. Once submitted, the Secretariat may be in touch for more details. If your application is successful, you will be notified by 17 May.

Training Sessions

In the first two days (1 and 2 July) a series of training sessions will be held to help participants explore topics of interest, increase their knowledge and enable them to fully participate in event discussions. Please register here to attend training events. Registration for training closes 31 May.

There are no prerequisites for any courses, however we recommend participants with very limited or zero knowledge in ocean accounting attend the Introduction to Ocean Accounts, the principles and tools session to help provide a foundational knowledge. This session will be scheduled for the morning of Day 1.

The full schedule will be released closer to the event and event timings will be designed to enable participants to attend as many registered sessions as possible. If we don’t achieve a minimum participation level, a course may be cancelled and individuals allocated to an alternative. If courses significantly exceed the participant limit, we will arrange two sessions of the same course over the two days, where time allows.

Training sessions offered (see below for detailed abstracts):

  • An Introduction to Ocean Accounts, Principles, and Tools 
  • Developing Ocean Economy Satellite Accounts 
  • Monetary valuation of ecosystem services
  • Accounting for Fisheries 
  • Incorporating Climate Change into Ocean Accounting 
  • Bridging the Gap:Technical Links between Ocean Accounting and Spatial Planning (incl. MSP, ICZM, MPAs, etc) 
  • Introduction to the capabilities of cloud-based spatial frameworks 
  • Experimental spatial approaches to ocean ecosystem accounting
  • Harnessing Blue Carbon Ecosystems for Sustainable Ocean Development
  • Through Environmental-Economic Accounting  
  • Sustainable Ocean Plans and Ocean Accounts 
  • Introduction to sustainable ocean finance 
  • Ocean Accounts for Policy Analysis
  • Demystifying international agreements 
  • The Game of Marine Spatial Planning
  • Legal and Policy Design Options for the Ocean Economy

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