Get Involved! Sign Up for Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean

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:

  1. Support governments participating in the Rio+20 Conference to achieve a significant ocean outcome;
  2. Provide a “rallying point” and unified voice for ocean and coasts at the Rio+20 Conference;
  3. 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);
  4. 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.

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One Response to Get Involved! Sign Up for Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean

  1. Peter Neill says:

    In the context of these goals, I have never understood the lip-service paid to outreach and education, the lofty intentions that are thereafter left underfunded and underperformed. But perhaps now the urgency we all feel will change the strategic understanding of and support for meaningful action in the name of ideas and policies that include and engage the full range of contribution of the ocean to human survival. How do we get our colleagues to understand and commit to such a program? How do we get the organizations to see beyond their past program conventions and administrative structures? How do we get the agencies to collaborate with the academies and private sector groups to share their resources, expertise, and audience? How do we get the governments to think beyond national boundaries and exclusive economic zones? How do we get the public to engage socially and act politically to force the visionary response demanded? The Global Forum has addressed this need from its outset, primarily through the World Ocean Network, but the fact remains that public awareness at every level remains limited and inadequate and the resources required to address answers to the questions herein have not been available. In reality, the “high-level political community and the general public” are equally in their need for such outreach and connection. Is it possible to pool and direct resources in such a way that this disconnection can be effectively addressed? Without this endeavor, we are in danger of falling even further behind our goals, not matter how lofty, and the ocean will continue to decline as a sustainable natural, economic, and social environment.

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