AOSIS seeks to strengthen international cooperation in support of Blue Economy

June 29, 2022 AOSIS Download PDF

Topic: Oceans

Panel 2: Transfer of technology
This panel will look at how transfer of technology can create the enabling
conditions for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS to participate effectively in existing and
emerging ocean sectors of the blue economy
Statement by Mr Alfonzo Webson, Permanent Representative of Antigua and
Barbuda, Chair of AOSIS:
Historically, Small Island Developing States have been pioneers and leaders in
conservation and sustainable use of the ocean. Equipped with traditional
knowledge and experience spanning across centuries, we have prospered
through advancing ocean-based industries such as fisheries and tourism.
However, with new scientific discoveries and advances in technology, it has
become apparent that there is still vast untapped potential for SIDS that can
accelerate economic growth and sustainable development. This includes
expansion of aquaculture and ocean energy as well as utilizing the benefits of
marine genetic resources.
The main reasons that SIDS have not been able to tap into these emerging
sectors is due to the lack of capacity and technology, as recognized in SDG14.
However, progress in advancing economic benefits through transfer of
technology have been varied, and largely inefficient in SIDS thus far. In this
context, I wish to make two main points on the way forward:

1. First, we need the international community to recognize and address the
unique capacity needs and technological challenges of SIDS in the
context of utilizing marine resources. This is already enshrined in the
intergovernmentally negotiated 2030 Agenda, and should also be
accurately captured in the context of new legal instruments that are
currently under deliberation. As the Chair of AOSIS we have been
advocating for clear provisions for capacity building and transfer of
technology to SIDS in the context of the new BBNJ instrument, as well as
the new legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution. We also need
to establish effective mechanisms under these instruments for
operationalizing these provisions based on self-identified needs, with
adequate resources and transparent monitoring of progress. The support of
all UN Member States within these processes is critical to making this a
2. Second, we need to enhance quality partnerships that facilitate transfer of
technology to SIDS based on specific national circumstances and priorities.
Quality entails phasing out outdated and unsustainable technologies, so
that SIDS are not locked in with obsolete technologies, as the rest of the
world moves forward. Quality partnerships also ensure the transfer of
technology is supplemented with the required human capacity and
infrastructure, and adequately resourced for the duration of the
partnership. Context specific obstacles, such as connectivity challenges
should be factored in formulating these partnerships. While we welcome
and appreciate existing partnerships, we believe there is still room for
improvement, and have provided a way forward in the “Declaration for the
enhancement of marine scientific knowledge, research capacity and
transfer of marine technology to SIDS” which was launched by AOSIS on
Monday. I encourage all of you to have a look at this Declaration which is
available on the AOSIS website, containing eight key principles for
enhancing quality partnerships for SIDS.

In conclusion, I wish to emphasize that SIDS are committed to expanding our
leadership in sustainable ocean management, as reflected in our national and
regional policies and strategies. Nonetheless, we need the support of the
international community to acquire the tools that we need for advancement,
keeping in mind that an investment in our ocean, is an investment in our
collective future.
Thank you.

Sub Topic: Blue Economy