The Global Ocean Forum remains committed to its mission of promoting good governance of the ocean, healthy marine ecosystems, and sustainable development. Since its creation in 2002, the Global Ocean Forum has been tracking progress achieved (or lack thereof) on major ocean-related goals, bringing together national and international data on the range of issues related to oceans, especially regarding the cross-cutting goals (integrated, ecosystem-based management).
Our mission is to advance the global ocean agenda toward sustainable development for the well-being of humanity, in the context of climate change. – Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain, Co-Chair/President, Global Ocean Forum (2002-2020)
The GOF’s Strategic Directions for Implementing the Ocean Outcomes of Rio+20 and Related Ocean Commitments from the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) (2014 to 2018) was forward-looking and visionary, addressing emerging issues caused by climate change and the need for a new international legally binding instrument for the conservation and sustainable use of areas beyond national jurisdiction, among other oceans issues. In addition to the worsening climate as demonstrated by extreme events around the world, the current pandemic has become a new socio-economic driver significantly affecting an already shaky global ocean equilibrium. GOF has to face these new challenges as well as unresolved traditional ocean and coastal issues in this planning process, which would greatly benefit from a diverse set of perspectives in pursuit of common goals and new solutions. The GOF will particularly focus on increasing social networking and public awareness and engagement using available resources such as digital exhibitions in various aquaria around the world to reach a wider audience.