20 April 2021 | Sydney, Australia

The 2nd Global Dialogue on Ocean Accounting brought together over 150 delegates from around the world, including representatives from 27 governments and other stakeholders from over 60 countries. The Dialogue discussed progress on ocean accounting methodology, pilot studies and their needs, as well as related research and data. The agenda also explored the latest partner activities and forged new partnerships among data providers and users.

Speakers and moderators

Session 1: Opening

Facilitator: Robin Vandekleut

Session 2: Welcomes to dialogue

  • Speaker 1: Jean-Guy Forgeron (Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Speaker 2: Briony Coulson (UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
  • Speaker 3: Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana (Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)

Session 3: Updates from GOAP

Moderator: Ben Milligan (GOAP Secretariat Director)

  • Speaker 1: Ben Milligan
  • Speaker 2: Gemma Van Halderen (GOAP Co-Chair)
  • Speaker 4: Michael Bordt (GOAP Co-Chair)
  • Speaker 4: Zeba Ali (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and Francois Soulard (Statistics Canada)

Session 4: Sharing of Pilot Experiences

Moderator: Teerapong Praphotjanaporn (GOAP Coordinator)

  • Speaker 1: Crystal Bradley (Australian Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment)
  • Speaker 2: Ken Findlay (African Community of Practice)
  • Speaker 3: Rocky Harris (UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Session 5: SEEA Ocean Research Agenda

Moderator: Messan Agbaglah (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

  • Speaker 1: Rocky Harris (UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
  • Speaker 2: Melissa Wong (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
  • Speaker 3: Emily Small (GEO Blue Planet Initiative)
  • Speaker 4: Celeste Digiovanni (University of Ottawa)

Session 6: Country Experiences

Moderator: Jessica Andrews (Statistics Canada)

  • Speaker 1: Etjih Tasriah (Statistics Indonesia)
  • Speaker 2: Wenting Chen (Norwegian Institute for Water Research)
  • Speaker 3: Dr. Sudeepta Gosh (Statistics India)
  • Speaker 4: Riaan Grobler/Robert Parry (Statistics South Africa)

Session 7: Next Steps

Moderator: Gemma Van Halderen (ESCAP)

  • Speaker 1: Alessandra Alfieri (UN Statistics Division)
  • Speaker 2: Dr. Jake Rice (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
  • Speaker 3: Claire Jolley (OECD)

Dialogue Resources

Dialogue Recordings


  • The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Statistics Canada
  • The University of Ottawa
Making Oceans Count
Expert Opinion : Making Oceans Count