Advancing the Rio+20 Ocean Outcomes

Advancing the Rio+20 Ocean Outcomes as an Essential Element of the GOF’s Strategic Planning

The Global Ocean Forum is focusing on advancing the sustainable development of oceans in the post-Rio+20 context as a key element of its program of work, and is actively building partnerships and collaboration, in this respect, including with the United Nations Development Program, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the Ocean Policy Research Foundation (Japan), the State Oceanic Administration (China), the Government of Korea (through the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology); and the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

In particular, the Global Ocean Forum aims to:

  • Explore and assess policy approaches related to the Blue Economy
  • Maintain the high-level political attention on ocean and coastal issues achieved at the Rio+20 Conference
  • Develop a roadmap for achieving Rio+20 commitments with the input of ocean stakeholders from all sectors and backgrounds
  • Improve coordination among management efforts and initiatives in implementing Rio+20 commitments
  • Focus on “Implementing the Rio+20 Outcomes” as a major theme of the 6th Global Ocean Conference
  • Support of the Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States in 2014
  • Conduct systematic and unbiased review of progress on major global goals and commitments related to oceans, coasts, and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) from UNCED, WSSD, and Rio+20
  • Support new global initiatives that emerged in the context of Rio+20, including the Global Partnership for Oceans and the UN Oceans Compact
  • Craft a cross-sectoral global capacity development strategy to improve ocean management

Global Ocean Forum Strategic Directions available here.