Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues and Consensus-Building

–Facilitating NGO input into the Rio+20 Conference: The Global Ocean Forum, along with the International Ocean Institute, the Pew Environment Group, and Greenpeace, has been designated as a co-facilitator for the “Ocean Cluster” of the NGO Major Group in the Rio+20 Conference, tasked with facilitating input of the NGO community on oceans in the formal Rio+20 process, and coordinating ocean-related activities of the NGO community in the Rio+20 process.

NGO Ocean Cluster Recommendations to Rio+20 Zero Draft available here.

–Leading oceans at the Rio Conventions Pavilion at Rio+20: The Global Ocean Forum, together with the IUCN and The Nature Conservancy, has been designated as the lead organization for oceans in the Rio Conventions Pavilion, a collaborative effort among the Secretariats of the three Rio Conventions (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Convention on Biological Diversity, and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification), the Global Environment Facility, and other global and local partners to strengthen synergies on the implementation of the Rio Conventions by providing a coordinated platform for awareness-raising and information sharing.

–Launching of the Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean (http://globaloceanforum.org/), a multistakeholder platform for governments, international agencies, NGOs, scientific institutions, and the private sector to articulate concerns and interests and raise profile of oceans at Rio+20 Conference;

–Consultations of the Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean at the 2nd Informal-Informal Negotiations of the Rio+20 outcome, April 24 and May 1, 2012.

–Side event on “Advancing Oceans at Rio+20,” at the 3rd Rio+20 Intersessional Meeting, March 26, 2012. For more information on this event, please click here.

–Side event on “Oceans at Rio+20” at the 2nd Rio+20 Intersessional Meeting, December 15, 2011

–“Oceans at Rio+20 Workshop—Discussions with UN Delegations,” hosted in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Fiji, Grenada, and the Seychelles to the UN, and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO (IOC), September 12, 2011.  For more information on this event, please see the summary of the workshop here.

–Meetings of the Friends of the Ocean at the 12th Meeting of the Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and Law of the Sea, which was focused on the Rio+20 Conference, June 20 and 22, 2011;

–“Informal Dialogue and Information-Sharing on Oceans and coasts at Rio+20,” co-hosted by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO (IOC) at the 2nd meeting of the Rio+20 Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2), March 8, 2011

–Side event at the 2nd meeting of the Rio+20 Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2), “Oceans and Small Island Developing States in the Rio+20 Process,” February 28, 2011

–Convening of “Oceans Days” in the Context of the Rio Conventions (CBD and UNFCCC)

  • UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

–Oceans Day at Durban at the UNFCCC COP 17, Durban, South Africa
Oceans Day at Durban Summary
Oceans Day at Durban Co-Chairs’ Statement
Oceans Day at Durban Summary from the Earth Negotiations Bulletin

–Oceans Day at Cancun at the UNFCCC COP 16, Cancun, Mexico December 4, 2010
Oceans Day at Cancun Summary
Oceans Day at Cancun Co-Chairs’ Statement
Oceans Day at Cancun Summary from the Earth Negotiations Bulletin

–Oceans Day at Copenhagen at the UNFCCC COP 15, Copenhagen, Denmark, December 14, 2009
Oceans Day at Copenhagen Summary

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

–Oceans Day at Nagoya at the CBD COP 10, Nagoya, Japan, October 23, 2010
Oceans Day at Nagoya Summary
Oceans Day at Nagoya Co-Chairs’ Statement