Third Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands: Moving the Global Oceans Agenda Forward (January 23-28, 2006, UNESCO, Paris)
The Third Global Ocean Conference saw 403 participants—including 38 ministers and high-level government representatives—from a total of 78 countries come together to assess progress achieved and obstacles faced in the implementation of international targets on oceans, coasts, and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Conference issued a “report card” of progress achieved so far on each of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and Millennium Development Goals oceans-related targets. While the report highlighted promising developments made in areas including integrated water resources management and protection of marine biodiversity, it noted that overall implementation of the oceans goals had been slow and underlined the difficulties involved in assessing progress, and urged the establishment of intermediate and readily measurable targets and timetables for each WSSD/MDG goal.
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