Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)

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1994. First phase (1994-1999): regional programme funded by F-XF2335 - Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by E-XE3382 - UNDP and executed by B-XB1117 - International Maritime Organization (IMO), under the title Regional Programme on Marine Pollution Prevention and Management for the East Asian Seas Region. Second phase (1999-2008): funded by GEF, implemented by UNDP and executed by IMO, under current title. Third phase (2008-2014): with signing of the Haikou Partnership Agreement on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA) and the Partnership Operating Arrangements (Dec 2006), transformed into regional collaborative mechanism to pursue implementation of SDS-SEA. Agreement Recognizing International Legal Personality, signed Nov 2009. Headquarters Agreement with government of Philippines ratified May 2015, by Philippine Senate, on which PEMPSEA was transformed into an IGO. Fourth phase (2014-2019): scaling up SDS-SEA Implementation.


Foster and sustain healthy and resilient oceans, coasts, communities and economies across the East Asian Seas region.


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East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress (every 3 years), including Ministerial Forum. Intergovernmental and multisectoral East Asian Seas Partnership Council, currently composed of 11 Partner countries and 21 non-country Partners, and consisting of Executive Committee, Intergovernmental Session and Technical Session. Executive Committee, comprising Council Chair, Session Chairs and Secretary. PEMSEA Resource Facility provides secretarial and technical services, headed by Executive Director.


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GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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