We call on ocean leaders from governments, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, scientific institutions, and the private sector to mobilize and seize the opportunity to achieve a significant ocean outcome at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) at Rio de Janeiro to be held on June 4-6, 2012. The new vision embodied in the 1992 Earth Summit (UN Conference on Environment and Development) represented a major paradigm shift that changed the world and many of us around the world. Twenty years later, we must take advantage of Rio+20 as an opportunity to assess where we began and what we have achieved, and to craft the way to a new future where we can all live and prosper in a low-carbon global economy in health and harmony with nature.
RIO+20 FRIENDS OF THE OCEAN
One Ocean Voice at Rio+20
On June 8, 2011, World Oceans Day, the Global Ocean Forum launched "Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean" for the benefit of the planet and of half of the world's peoples living in coastal areas in 183 countries, including 44 small island developing States.
The Mission of Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean
The Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean aims to:
1. Support governments participating in the Rio+20 Conference to achieve a significant ocean outcome;
2. Provide a “rallying point” and unified voice for ocean and coasts at the Rio+20 Conference;
3. Provide a multi-stakeholder platform by which the needs, interests, and concerns of all sectors of the ocean community can be voiced in the Rio+20 process, including through critical policy assessments and recommendations, Internet services and information dissemination, consultations, and an Oceans Day at Rio+20;
4. Raise the global profile of ocean and coastal issues, both within the high-level political community and the general public, on the importance of the world’s oceans and coasts to the three pillars of sustainable development.
Organizations and individuals interested in participating are kindly invited to register by sending the form below to Ms. Gwenaelle Hamon (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Fax: +1-302-831-3668).
For further information regarding Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean and how to participate, please email Dr. Miriam Balgos (email@example.com) or call at +1-302-831-8086.
Rio+20 Friends of the Ocean Flyer and Registration Form
GLOBAL OCEAN FORUM IN THE RIO+20 PROCESS
The Global Ocean Forum is planning a set of assessments and consultations aimed at providing input on oceans, coasts, and small island developing States (SIDS) in the Rio+20 process.
Table of Action Items from Agenda 21/JPOI/Rio+20
Co-Chairs' Statement of 2nd APEC Blue Economy Forum
Global Ocean Forum Activities in Advancing the Rio+20 Outcomes - Summary of a Multi-stakeholder Brainstorming Session on Oceans Post Rio+20, November 12, 2012, World Bank, Washington
Global Ocean Forum Rio+20 Voluntary Commitments
Rio+20 Ocean-Related Rio+20 Voluntary Commitments
Summary of Progress Made on Ocean Commitments from the 1992 Earth Summit and 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, and Next Steps Emanating from the Rio+20 Outcome Document
List of Global Ocean Forum Activities in the Rio+20 Process
The Yeosu Declaration Summary Report
Global Ocean Forum Recommendations for Addressing Oceans and Coasts at Rio+20
Global Ocean Forum Brainstorming Strategy Session on Oceans Post-Rio+20, World Bank, Washington DC, November 12, 2012
GOF Brainstorming Strategy Session on Oceans Post-Rio+20 Agenda
RIO+20 GLOBAL OCEAN FORUM EVENT, JUNE 16, 2012
Rio+20 Ocean Declaration
Oceans Day at Rio+20 Summary
Rio+20 Voluntary Commitments for Oceans, Coasts, and Small Island Developing States
Oceans Day at Rio+20: Advancing Oceans, Coasts, and Island States at Rio+20 and Beyond Draft Program
Advancing Oceans and Coasts at Rio+20 and Beyond Initiative Proposal Form for June 16 High Level Ocean Event
Global ocean forum side event at the rio+20 2nd intersessionnal meeting, december 15, 2011
MONACO WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE USE OF OCEANS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE GREEN ECONOMY AND POVERTY ERADICATION, NOVEMBER 28-30, 2011
WORKSHOP ON OCEANS AT RIO+20: DISCUSSION WITH UN DELEGATIONS, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
12TH MEETING OF THE UNITED NATIONS OPEN-ENDED INFORMAL CONSULTATIVE PROCESS ON OCEANS AND THE LAW OF THE SEA, JUNE 2011
2nd PREPARATORY COMMITTEE MEETING UN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (PREPCOM2), March 7-8, 2011
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