The Ocean Global Forum, the IUCN and The Nature Conservancy will organize the Oceans Day at Rio+20. The event will take place in the Rio Conventions Pavilion on Saturday 16 June 2012, 0915-1830hrs (reception following).
The Oceans Day at Rio+20 will bring together high-level representatives from governments, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, industry, and the science community to:
(1) Continue to push for a strong oceans outcome at the negotiations of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, building on the priorities for Rio+20 that have been articulated by the oceans community;
(2) Showcase major funded initiatives to spur action on oceans, coasts, and small island developing States in the post-Rio+20 world; and
(3) Consider the opportunities and challenges for implementation of the “oceans package” emanating from the Rio+20 Conference.
The co-chairs of The Oceans Day at Rio+20, with consultation and input of the co-organizers/co-sponsors, will produce a statement addressing recommendations for advancing oceans in sustainable development. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin and the Global Ocean Forum will produce substantive summaries of the event.
These materials will be:
(i) distributed to all member State delegations present at the Rio+20 negotiations,
(ii) submitted to the government-led thematic half-day on oceans taking place immediately prior to the Rio+20 Conference, and
(iii) distributed widely throughout the networks and media outlets of the Global Ocean Forum, Earth Negotiations Bulletin, Rio Conventions Pavilion, and the various co-organizers/co-sponsors.
The Oceans Day at Rio+20 will be held at the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the Rio+20 Conference. The Rio Pavilion is 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. The Global
Ocean Forum has been designated as the lead organization for oceans in the Rio Conventions Pavilion, together with the IUCN and The Nature Conservancy.
date: 16 June 2012
location: Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro), Brazil
contact: Miriam Balgos, Program Coordinator Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands