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Jul 19

Blue Justice official side-event for UN Ocean Conference 2022

As part of the UN Ocean conference 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal, the Blue Justice Initiative, along with CRFM, CARICOM, UNDP, Jamaica, Belize, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Norway, hosted a high-level side event on International and Caribbean efforts to address organized crime in the fishing industry, on the 29th …

Mar 25

UNDP and Blue Justice Initiative Fisheries Crime event: Lehmkuhl visit to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Norwegian tall ship, Statsraad Lehmkuhl, called at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23-26 February, as part of its One Ocean Expedition, sailing under the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. UNDP is an official supporter of the OOE towards enhancing visibility, awareness-raising and global promotion of a sustainable blue economy …

Feb 18

Workshop for Technical Capacity Building: International Blue Justice Tracking Center and Cabo Verde

On 1 February 2022, UNDP Blue Resilience successfully facilitated the first in a series of digital technical workshops coordinated by the International Blue Justice Tracking Center, Vardø, Norway. The workshop was held in cooperation with Cabo Verde authorities, which were well represented by colleagues from the General Fisheries Inspection (IGP) and …

Dec 02

UNDP Blue Resilience raises awareness of fisheries crime as part of the One Ocean Expedition’s Curacao-Jamaica leg

On November 8th, UNDP’s Blue Resilience Project Manager boarded the marine science vessel Statsraad Lehmkuhl in Willemstadt, Curacao, to sail to Jamaica with the One Ocean Expedition. Statsraad Lehmkuhl is a 107-year-old 98-meter-long tall ship sailing under Norwegian flag. It set sail from Norway on the 20th of August and will circumnavigate the …

Oct 13

12 CARICOM States sign the Copenhagen Declaration on Transnational Organized Crime in the Global Fishing Industry

During the 16th Annual Caribbean Week of Agriculture at a digital Ministerial Meeting, 12 Caribbean island states joined the work to combat transnational organised crime in the global fishing industry by signing the Copenhagen Declaration, which now has the support of more than a quarter of the world’s coastal states.  …

Oct 01

The Blue Justice Initiative and UNDP Blue Resilience join as supporters of the One Ocean Expedition, part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

The Blue Justice Initiative and UNDP Blue Resilience have joined as supporters of the One Ocean Expedition, part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The first Blue Justice Initiative/UNDP Blue Resilience fisheries crime event on board the expedition’s training vessel Statsraad Lehmkuhl is set to take place in …

Jul 09

The International Blue Justice Tracking Center established under the Blue Justice Initiative in the Arctic town of Vardø

An “International Blue Justice Tracking Center” has been established under the Blue Justice Initiative. The Center will be supported by the joint analytical unit of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries and the Coastal Administration and is located in the town of Vardø.  The Center will be supported by analysts from …

Jul 02

Caribbean support to the Copenhagen Declaration and the Blue Justice Initiative

On the 21. May 2021, The Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), an institution of CARICOM, adopted a resolution on the Copenhagen Declaration on Transnational Organized Crime in the Global Fishing industry and the Blue Justice Initiative.  The Ministerial Council of CRFM consists of the Ministers responsible …

Jun 08

First Blue Enforcement training course held in Sri Lanka: 10-20 May 2021

As part of the Blue Justice Initiative funded Blue Enforcement project, the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) conducted a Fishing Vessel Boarding Operations (FVBO) course at the maritime law enforcement training centre in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, between 10-20 May.  The two week course had a total of twenty participants, one …

May 27

Ecuador becomes the latest signatory to the Copenhagen Declaration

We are happy to announce that the Blue Justice secretariat recently received formal notification of Ecuador joining the Copenhagen Declaration.  Support for the 2018 Ministers’ Declaration on Transnational Organised Crime in the Global Fishing Industry – the Copenhagen Declaration – is on the rise globally. The Norwegian government, via its …

Apr 27

Brazil joins the Copenhagen Declaration

On 22 April 2021, Brazil became the 35th state to support the Copenhagen Declaration. The special occasion was celebrated with a widely attended digital signing ceremony that was arranged by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries and Seafood and UNDP.  The special event …

Feb 24

Fiji becomes first country to test the Blue Justice Community

On 22-23 February 2021, the first Blue Justice Community workshop was arranged in Suva, Fiji, in collaboration between the Blue Justice Initiative Secretariat in the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries , UNDP’s Nordic Representative Office (NRO), the Fijian Ministry of Fisheries, and the UNDP country office in Fiji.  …