The Global Ocean Forum invites all individuals and organizations, including governments, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, scientific institutions, and the private sector, interested in achieving an important oceans outcome at the Rio+20 Conference to join the “Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean.”
While limited progress has been made in achieving many of the major global commitments for oceans and coasts arising out of the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in 1992 and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002, the global oceans community must utilize the important opportunity presented by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012 to craft a new vision for oceans and coasts that will guide us into the next phase.
The Global Ocean Forum is working to achieve this vision at Rio+20 through the launching of the Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean.
The Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean aims to:
- Support governments participating in the Rio+20 Conference to achieve a significant ocean outcome;
- Provide a “rallying point” and unified voice for ocean and coasts at the Rio+20 Conference;
- Provide a multi-stakeholder platform by which the needs, interests, and concerns of all sectors of the ocean community can be voiced in the Rio+20 process, including through critical policy assessments and recommendations, Internet services and information dissemination, consultations, and an Oceans Day at Rio+20 (see Roadmap to Rio+20);
- Raise the global profile of ocean and coastal issues, both within the high-level political community and the general public, on the importance of the world’s oceans and coasts to the three pillars of sustainable development.
Please click here to join the Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean.