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Professor Koh to Address East Asian Seas Congress

Quezon City, Philippines — Professor Tommy Koh, Singapore's Ambassador-At-Large, joins the roster of speakers who will keynote the East Asian Seas Congress 2009. Prof. Koh will share experiences on negotiating and resolving disputes between and among diverse cultures and regions with a focus on Ocean and Coastal Governance.Throughout his professional career, Prof. Koh has promoted international environmental cooperation while serving as president of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea and as chair of the Main Committee of the UN Conference on Environment and Development where he presided over the negotiations on Agenda 21. He has also done significant work in the protection of the environment and sustainable development having been recognized as one of seven Champions of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)."The organizers of the EAS Congress 2009 are truly grateful and honored with the addition of Prof. Koh as a keynote speaker. He will bring inspiration and a wealth of experience to all participants," notes PEMSEA Executive Director and Head of the EAS Congress Secretariat Raphael P. M. Lotilla.Hosted by the Government of the Philippines, the EAS Congress 2009 is organized by PEMSEA and DENR and supported by the Global Environment Facility, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Office for Project Services and the Coastal Management Center. It will be held on 23 – 27 November 2009 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Manila.Learn more about the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress at www.pemsea.org/eascongress. For information about the workshop, exhibition or sponsorships, contact the Secretariat at congress@pemsea.org.