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Marjo Vierros

As an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the United Nations University, Dr. Marjo Vierros' presence as a speaker, panel presenter, and meeting chair are sought in various prominent international oceans fora. Speaking engagements by Marjo include:


  • “Climate change, oceans and human health”. 26th International Conference on Health and Environment: Global partners for global solutions. April 13, 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters, NYC


  • “Marine Genetic Resources and Capacity Building”. Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction Briefing for Newly Arrived UN Delegates. New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations, NY, February 17, 2017


  • “Overview of the application of area-based management approaches and tools to areas beyond national jurisdiction”. Workshop on Capacity Development to Improve the Management of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction:  Needs, Experiences, Options, and Opportunities. St. George’s, Grenada, May 19, 2016


  • “An ocean of diplomacy – negotiating for the health of our common ocean at the United Nations”.  University of British Columbia Liu Institute for Global Issues. Vancouver, Canada, April 27, 2016


  • “Ocean governance: learning from our mistakes and successes”. University of British Columbia Institute of Oceans and Fisheries, Vancouver, Canada, October 30, 2015


  • “Who owns the oceans: equity and conservation in the global commons”.  University of British Columbia Liu Institute for Global Issues. Vancouver, Canada, October 23, 2015.


  • “Value and potential of marine genetic resources from areas beyond national jurisdiction”. Presented at the Inaugural Pacific Ocean Alliance meeting. Suva, Fiji, May 25, 2015.


  • “Marine biodiversity and biotechnology: issues and challenges”. Workshop on Linking Global and Regional Levels in the Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. FAO HQ, Rome, Italy, Feb 17, 2015

  • “Traditional knowledge relating to Arctic marine species and habitats”. Convention on Biological Diversity Arctic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs). 3 March 2014, Helsinki, Finland

  • “Environmental aspects of marine genetic resources”. Intersessional Workshop on Marine Genetic Resources, General Assembly Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group on conservation & sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction, UN Headquarters, NY, May 2, 2013


  • “The role of culture, traditional knowledge and management systems in reaching international marine protection targets and providing for community well-being”. 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress, Marseille, France, 22 October, 2013


  • “Marine genetic resources of the global commons: sowing discord or solutions”. Presented jointly with Kristina Gjerde at Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Feb 17, 2012

Suzanne von der Porten

As an experienced university lecturer and presenter, Dr. Suzanne von der Porten speaks regularly on topics relating to environmental governance, policy, collaborative water governance, and Indigenous governance. Presentations have included:

  •  Green College Seminar Series, University of British Columbia (2017) - "Indigenous fisheries, ocean policy and human security"

  • COP 13, Convention on Biological Diversity (2016) - "Local Action for Sustainable Fishing and Conservation of Marine Habitats"

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