The Global Ocean Forum convened at the “The Oceans Day at Rio+20: Advancing Oceans Coasts and Island States at Rio+20 and Beyond” together with many partners.
The Oceans Day at Rio+20 brought together 376 participants from 46 countries from governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, industry, and the science community to:
— Reflect on what has/has not been done in achieving major ocean-related sustainable development commitments;
— Rekindle political will to implement new and old commitments;
— Showcase tangible pledges for action, including Voluntary Commitments for Rio+20, to spur action on oceans, coasts, and small island developing States in the post-Rio+20 world; and
— Consider the opportunities and challenges for implementation of the “oceans package” emanating from the Rio+20 Conference.
The main outcome of The Oceans Day at Rio+20 was the Rio Ocean Declaration, which addresses priority action items for oceans and coasts, both at the Rio+20 Conference and in the post-Rio+20 world.