Oceans Day at Rio+20: advancing oceans, coasts, and island states at Rio+20 and beyond

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
phone: +1-302-831-8086
e-mail: mbalgos@udel.edu

Draft programme.

2 Responses to “Oceans Day at Rio+20: advancing oceans, coasts, and island states at Rio+20 and beyond”

  1. 1 permanayudiarso 13 June 2012 at 15:33

    great to hear that news, i’ll support this effort to be implemented in after the event

  2. 2 Steven Earl Salmony 16 June 2012 at 14:31

    If we agree to “think globally” about climate destabillization and at least one of its consensually validated principal agencies, it becomes evident that riveting attention on more and more seemingly perpetual GROWTH could be a grave mistake because we are denying how economic and population growth in the communities in which we live cannot continue as it has until now. Each village’s resources are being dissipated, each town’s environment degraded and every city’s fitness as place for our children to inhabit is being threatened. To proclaim something like, ‘the meat of any community plan for the future is, of course, growth’ fails to acknowledge that many villages, towns and cities are already ‘built out’, and also ‘filled in’ with people and pollutants. If the quality of life we enjoy now is to be maintained for the children, then limits on economic and population growth will have to be set. By so doing, we choose to “act locally” and sustainably.

    More economic and population growth are soon to become no longer sustainable in many too many places on the surface of Earth because biological constraints and physical limitations are immutably imposed upon ever increasing human consumption, production and population activities of people in many communities where most of us reside. Inasmuch as the Earth is finite with frangible environs, there comes a point at which GROWTH is unsustainable. There is much work to done locally. But that effort cannot reasonably begin without sensibly limiting economic and population growth.

    Problems worldwide that are derived from conspicuous overconsumption and rapacious plundering of limited resources, rampant overproduction of unnecessary stuff, and rapid human overpopulation of the Earth can be solved by human thought, judgment and action. After all, the things we have done can be undone. Think of it as ‘the great unwinding of human folly’. Like deconstructing the Tower of Babel. Any species that gives itself the moniker, Homo sapiens sapiens, can do that much, can it not?

    “We face a wide-open opportunity to break with the old ways of doing the town’s business…..” That is a true statement. But the necessary “break with the old ways” of continous economic and population growth is not what is occurring. There is a call for a break with the old ways, but the required changes in behavior are not what is being proposed as we plan for the future. What is being proposed and continues to occur is more of the same, old business-as-usual overconsumption, overproduction and overpopulation activities, the very activities that appear to be growing unsustainbly. More business-as-usual could soon become patently unsustainable, both locally and globally. A finite planet with the size, composition and environs of the Earth and a community with the boundaries, limited resources and wondrous climate of villages, towns and cities where we live may not be able to sustain much longer the economic and population growth that is occurring on our watch. Perhaps necessary changes away from UNSUSTAINABLE GROWTH and toward sustainable lifestyles and right-sized corporate enterprises are in the offing.

    Think globally while there is still time and act locally before it is too late for human action to make any difference in the clear and presently dangerous course of unfolding human-induced ecological events, both in our planetary home and in our villages, towns and cities. If we choose to review the perspective of a ‘marketwatcher’ who can see what is actually before our eyes, perhaps all of us can get a little more reality-oriented to the world we inhabit and a less deceived by an attractive, flawed ideology that is highly touted and widely shared but evidently illusory and patently unsustainable.


    This situation is no longer deniable. During my lifetime, many have understood the Global Predicament we are having to confront now, but only a few ‘voices in the wilderness’ were willing to speak out loudly and clearly about what everyone can see. It is not a pretty sight. The human community has precipitated a planetary emergency that only humankind is capable of undoing. The present ‘Unsustainable Path’ has to be abandoned in favor of a “road less travelled by”. It is late; there is no time left to waste. Perhaps now we will gather our remarkably abundant, distinctly human resources and respond ably to the daunting, human-induced, global challenges before us, the ones that threaten life as we know it and the integrity of Earth as a fit place for human habitation. Many voices, many more voices are needed for making necessary changes.

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