We call on ocean leaders from governments, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, scientific institutions, and the private sector to mobilize and seize the opportunity to achieve a significant ocean outcome at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) at Rio de Janeiro to be held on June 4-6, 2012. The new vision embodied in the 1992 Earth Summit (UN Conference on Environment and Development) represented a major paradigm shift that changed the world and many of us around the world. Twenty years later, we must take advantage of Rio+20 as an opportunity to assess where we began and what we have achieved, and to craft the way to a new future where we can all live and prosper in a low-carbon global economy in health and harmony with nature.
On World Oceans Day, June 8, 2011, the Global Ocean Forum launched the “Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean” for the benefit of the planet and of half of the world’s peoples living in coastal areas in 183 countries, including 44 small island developing States. The purpose of Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean is to support governments and others who would like to achieve a significant ocean outcome at Rio+20. Organizations and individuals interested in participating are kindly invited to contact the Global Ocean Forum Program Coordinator, Dr. Miriam Balgos, at firstname.lastname@example.org.