The Secretariat of the Global Ocean Forum is the International Coastal and Ocean Organization (ICO), an international nongovernmental organization accredited to the United Nations roster for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development since 1993, and granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in July 2006. ICO is registered as a non-profit and tax-exempt organization (501(c)(3)) in the State of Massachusetts, USA since 1989. ICO has been the Secretariat of the Global Ocean Forum since 2004.
ICO had been hosted at the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy, University of Delaware, USA up to 2018. Center researchers, together with partners around the world, coordinated the analytical functions of the Global Ocean Forum the preparation of policy analyses on the implementation of global oceans agreements, and the conduct of the Global Ocean Forum’s global conferences, publications, and educational activities.
For information on the Global Ocean Forum or to become engaged in Global Ocean Forum activities, please contact the Global Ocean Forum Secretariat.
Global Ocean Forum Secretariat
International Coastal and Ocean Organization
105 Great Oak Road, Orleans, MA 02653, United States
Dr. Miriam Balgos, Executive Director, Global Ocean Forum
Ms. Vanessa Cicin-Sain Knecht, Strategic Initiatives, Global Ocean Forum