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Second Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections

Montego Bay, Jamaica
Wednesday , October 02, 2013 - Friday , October 04, 2013

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Location Montego Bay, Jamaica

The Second Global Conference on Land – Ocean Connections (GLOC-2) will take place October 2- 4, 2013, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The United Nations Environment Programme and the Government of Jamaica are co-organizers of the conference, the second of its kind, and the first to be convened in Latin America and the Caribbean.


The objective of this conference is to identify approaches to address current and emerging issues in the marine and coastal sector, with a focus on the three priority source categories of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities for 2012-2016, namely marine litter, nutrients and wastewater. The overall purpose of Conference is to emphasize the interconnectedness of activities on land and how they impact on the oceans, with a focus on pollution prevention, reduction and control, while proposing ways to address these impacts through international and, as appropriate, regional cooperation. Specific objectives are:

  • To update on progress with implementation of the GPA Manila Declaration;
  • To showcase contribution of Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans to the implementation of the GPA Manila Declaration;
  • To identify possible policy pathways at the national level for the implementation of the GPA, including Integrated Coastal Management, and other relevant national policies; and
  • To serve as a Partnership Forum for the three Global Partnerships on marine litter, nutrients and wastewater.

    Expected Outcomes

  • Agreement on measurable targets for selected source categories and regions;
  • Identification of voluntary commitments to be proposed to relevant sectors (target setting within various areas);
  • Commitment of new partners;
  • Identification of priority activities for each partnership to be implemented at global, regional and national levels;
  • Additional support and resources mobilized for the three global partnerships under the GPA.