On March 2017, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC/UNESCO) and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission (DG MARE) adopted a "Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide". The roadmap  is a practical outcome of the Second International Conference on Maritime/ Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) organised jointly by DG-MARE and IOC-UNESCO, its main objective is to identify common challenges and proposals for actions to be implemented in the coming years, reaching out for collaboration with other UN bodies and Member States.

Exchanging experiences and networking, including through innovative tools such as gaming and cartooning, brought together 300 maritime players around the table and empowered them to promote the planning of the maritime space around the globe.

The roadmap will be submitted to the UN Conference on SDG 14 (5-9 June 2017) by IOC-UNESCO and DG MARE as part of a joint voluntary commitment highlighting the contribution of MSP to the implementation of Agenda 2030. The two organizations intend to host a special side event on MSP during the Conference to present the MSP roadmap and to catalyse partnerships with all relevant stakeholders.

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