The Global Ocean Forum, State Oceanic Administration (SOA) of the People’s Republic of China, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will organize a major high-level oceans event at the Rio+20 Conference, Advancing Oceans and Coasts at Rio+20 and Beyond, on June 16, 2012. The event will bring together high-level representatives from governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, industry, and the science community to:
(1) Continue to push for a strong oceans outcome at the negotiations of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20);
(2) Showcase major funded initiatives to spur action on oceans, coasts, and small island developing States in the post-Rio+20 world; and
(3) Consider the opportunities and challenges for implementation of the “oceans package” emanating from the Rio+20 Conference.
The flyer for the event is available here: http://www.globaloceans.org/sites/udel.edu.globaloceans/files/Rio20-GOF-Event-Flyer.pdf.
This event will also celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Global Ocean Forum, which was formed to help the world’s governments place issues related to oceans, coasts, and small island developing States on the agenda of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The organizers are currently accepting proposals for panels, speakers, and announcements of funded partnerships/initiatives to be highlighted during the event. Those interested in proposing a panel or a new partnership/initiative to be highlighted are asked to complete and return the form found here, no later than April 15, 2012.