Elisabeth Mann Borgese was known worldwide as “The Mother of the Oceans” and dedicated all her life to the understanding of ocean matters, to the development of a constitution for the oceans and to the consideration of the oceans as a “great laboratory for the making of a new international order based on new forms of international cooperation and organisation, on a new economic theory, on a new philosophy”.

Source: IOI website; from Elisabeth Mann Borgese: 1986; The Future of the Oceans: A Report to the Club of Rome. Pub: Harvest House.


As part of World Oceans Day 2019 celebrations in Halifax, TBTI Project Director Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee was invited to join the annual Elisabeth Mann Borgese Oceans Lecture organized by the TBTI partner organization International Ocean Institute (IOI).

Following a presentation by the featured speaker Ms. Reneé Sauvé, Acting Director General of External Relations Directorate, Fisheries and Oceans Canada on the country’s recent experience in the topic of ‘Blue Revolution’, panellists discussed ‘The Blue Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities’ from the perspective of conservation, biodiversity, the environment and social justice.

The 15th Elisabeth Mann Borgese Oceans Lecture was organized by the International Ocean Institute and took place at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada on June 7, 2019 at 7 pm local time and was live-streamed via IOI’s Facebook page. The Elisabeth Mann Borgese Ocean Lecture Series commemorates and celebrates the life and work of Elisabeth Mann Borgese, founder of the International Ocean Institute. Launched in 2005 to mark the 25th anniversary of the IOI Training Programme in Halifax, it aims to encourage the debate on oceans issues which was so dear to Elisabeth, by inviting internationally renowned speakers to discuss important and timely ocean-related topics.

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