Oceans Beyond Piracy Senior Fellow, Sir James Burnell-Nugent, to Speak on Maritime Security at Our Ocean Conference

Our Oceans and Fisheries Protection

VALETTA, MALTASir James Burnell-Nugent, senior fellow for Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), a program of One Earth Future (OEF), will open the high-level panel discussion on maritime security at the 2017 Our Ocean conference – An Ocean for Life, in Malta on Thursday, 5 October, at 15:45 – 17:00. He will join a distinguished panel of representatives of states, international organizations, and the maritime security industry. This marks the first time maritime security will be included as one of the Our Ocean conference’s main themes.

A recognized expert on maritime security, Sir James, will lead a panel discussion on the current state of global maritime security and the interconnectivity of the many challenges facing all who depend on the ocean for the transit of goods, global food security, and particularly for those living in coastal countries whose livelihoods depend on a healthy, secure ocean.

Additionally, Oceans Beyond Piracy, Secure Fisheries, and OEF Research, programs of One Earth Future, will discuss the Stable Seas Maritime Security Index and screen a brief video at a side event on 4 October from 14:00 – 17:00, at the InterContinental Hotel. Representatives from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Stimson Center, European Maritime Safety Agency, and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) are expected to attend and participate in the discussion.

This year’s Our Ocean conference is hosted by the European Union and takes place on 5 - 6 October in Valetta, Malta.

For more information please contact Debra Havins of One Earth Future at +1 303-210-7269 or dhavins@oneearthfuture.org.

About OEF and OBP:

OEF is a self-funded, private operating foundation seeking to create a more peaceful world through collaborative, data-driven initiatives. We focus on programs that enhance maritime cooperation, create sustainable jobs in fragile economies and our research actively contributes to thought leadership on global issues.

OBP was launched in 2010 as OEF’s first implementation program to encourage and support the development of a long-term, sustainable and peaceful solution to maritime piracy through engaging all relevant maritime stakeholders.

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