PEMSEA is pleased to formally announce that the EAS Congress 2021 will be held on 1-2 December 2021 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. This triennial event will be hosted by the Royal Government of Cambodia and co-organized by their Ministry of Environment, Province of Preah Sihanouk, and PEMSEA.
The year 2021 is a defining moment as we contain current and future pandemics and as we near the completion of the implementation plan of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) 2018-2022. Armed with greater public awareness on the links between ocean health and human health, the EAS region is one and aligned with the global recognition to act on pressing socioeconomic, ecological, and climate change issues, and sustain the momentum of building meaningful and transformative solutions for a sustainable ocean-based economy.
Since 2003, the EAS Congress has served as an intellectual marketplace and forum on the sustainable development of the seas of the world's fastest-growing region. This triennial event provides a platform for ministerial and high-level technical discussions along with opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking between different sectors of society from international organizations, multilateral banks, local governments, the scientific community, youth sector, private firms, academe, nongovernment organizations, and other development partners.
With the theme "Charting a New Decade of H.O.P.E. (Healthy Oceans, People, and Economies)", the EAS Congress 2021 aims to:
- Share the lessons learned, track the progress made, and scale up good practices in implementing the SDS-SEA at the regional, national, and local levels;
- Build on and recalibrate existing management interventions and foster new opportunities for regional partnerships using innovative approaches, technologies, investments, and financing towards the sustainable development of the coastal and marine environment;
- Set up a clear roadmap on transformative blue solutions in the next decade in accordance with the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, and other relevant international and regional commitments.
The precise format of the event will be determined at a later date. For more information on the EAS Congress, please contact the Secretariat Coordinator, Karen See (firstname.lastname@example.org).