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Philippine Navy hosts MSS19 to promote regional ocean governance
🗓 June 14, 2019

The Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila – The Philippine Navy, through the Office of Naval Strategic Studies, hosted the Maritime Security Symposium 2019 (MSS19) on June 14, 2019 with the theme “Effective Ocean Governance Through Regional Partnerships.” Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, representatives from government and non-government organizations, industry, academe, private sector, and allied stakeholders in the maritime sector participated in the event.

This MSS 2019 seeks to promote the practice of regional ocean governance in recognition of the growing need to come up with collective responses to maritime security threats. Such threats include climate change, environmental destruction, resource depletion, ocean acidification, ‘grey zone’ issues, transnational crimes, among a list of growing issues which cross national jurisdictions. The Philippine Navy intends to highlight the potential of this form of multilateral cooperation as the transnational nature of maritime issues call on all countries to unify and coordinate their respective policies and action plans in pursuit of a ‘blue economy.’ A blue economy pertains to the sustainable, eco-centric management of the world’s oceans to prevent the over exploration and exploitation of marine resources.

Experts from different fields lent their insights on concerned topics such as the role of the Navy in ocean governance, the state and future of maritime security in the ASEAN, and practical issues and lessons in ocean governance and management. Partners from international organizations concerned with ocean governance also took part in this symposium such as the One Earth Future Foundation. Dr. Collin Koh, Research Fellow at the Maritime Security Programme of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Commander John Bradford of the US Navy and Adjunct Fellow at Temple University, Japan, also provided their presentations on naval modernization in the ASEAN, and challenges in ocean governance, respectively.

The discussions generated during this MSS 2019 lays the groundwork for the Philippines’ hosting of the 2020 Western Pacific Naval Symposium, which convenes the chiefs-of-navy of Pacific nations every two years. The Philippine Navy identified ocean governance as an agenda item in this symposium to emphasize the need for a regional strategy that streamlines the policies and actions of countries and identifies clear lines of authority in regional ocean governance.

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