Under the Haikou Partnership Agreement and Partnership Operating Arrangements for Implementation of the SDS-SEA, the Partners are the following: Countries of the Seas of East Asia region; other countries using the Seas of East Asia region; local governments in the region; communities in the region; nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other members of civil society in the region; research and educational institutions; the private sector; UN and international agencies that support or sponsor the implementation of the SDS-SEA; financial institutions that support or sponsor the implementation of the SDS-SEA; and other concerned regional and global entities and programmes.
12 stakeholder organizations signed the Partnership Operating Arrangements in December 2006, thus becoming the first group of nongovernmental organizations to be formally recognized as PEMSEA Partners for the implementation of the SDS-SEA. Seven stakeholder organizations later joined the partnership.
The 19 PEMSEA Partners include:
The Country and Non-Country Partners, together with the Executive Committee comprise the East Asian Seas Partnership Council.
Inclusion of Partners
Other stakeholders who are not yet Partners but are interested in participating in the implementation of the SDS-SEA may request for inclusion as a Partner of PEMSEA by sending a written notification to the Executive Director of the PEMSEA Resource Facility of:
- its adherence to the Partnership Agreement and the Partnership Operating Arrangements, and the policies and decisions of the Council, and
- agreeing to enter into a partnership arrangement with PEMSEA through a Memorandum of Agreement or similar instrument on the implementation of the SDS-SEA.
Upon receiving the required written notification from the stakeholder, the Executive Director will submit a report concerning the request to the next meeting of the Executive Committee, together with the relevant information on the requesting stakeholder. The Executive Committee will decide whether or not to include the requesting stakeholder as a partner of PEMSEA.
The EAS Partnership Council may modify the qualifications and procedures for the inclusion of Partners and withdrawal by Partners when in deems appropriate.