15. April 2018 IMAP alumni @ Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue

IMAP alumni Barbara Neumann (IASS) and Yoshinobu Takei (UN DESA) met at the SOI Global Dialogue in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

From 10-13 April 2018, representatives from Regional Seas Organizations (RSOs) and Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) gathered in Seoul, Republic of Korea, along with relevant UN organisations and international experts to discuss how to accelerate progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals.


This 2nd meeting of the SOI Global Dialogue with RSOs and RFBs, convened under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), also brought together IMAP alumni Yoshinobu Takei, Sustainable Development Officer at the Division for Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), and Barbara Neumann, Research Associate in Ocean Governance with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. Both Kiel alumni presented their institutions and work towards "unlocking the potential for transformational change towards sustainability", the leading theme of the meeting, to the plenary during the first day. While Yoshi spoke about UN DESA's activities to further the implementation of sustainable development goal (SDG) 14 through Voluntary Commitments and Communities of Ocean Action, Barbara presented a new transdisciplinary project which seeks to establish a global dialogue platform for regional ocean governance at the science-society-policy interface, the PROG Marine Regions Forum.

Now representing two different but complementary ends in the field of ocean governance between policy/international organisations and policy-advice/transdisciplinary research, both Kiel alumni also exchanged about further collaboration, finding that there are plenty of fish in the sea in "life after IMAP postdoc".