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3. Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands:

The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, organized informally in 2001 and formalized at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, serves as a multi-stakeholder forum for cross-sectoral discussion, policy analyses, and mobilization of knowledge and other resources to achieve the full implementation of international agreements related to oceans, coasts, and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The Global Forum brings together leading ocean, coastal, and SIDS experts from governments, intergovernmental and international organizations (including all the relevant UN agencies), nongovernmental organizations, private sector, and academic and scientific institutions.

The Global Forum responds to major needs at the international scale:

  • Promotion of cross-sectoral dialogue on ocean and coastal issues;

  • Promotion of dialogue among governments, nongovernmental organizations,

intergovernmental organizations, and the private sector;

  • A mechanism for oceans advocacy at the highest political levels; and

  • A venue for linking oceans and freshwater concerns.

The major goals of the Global Forum are to:

  • Work together with governments, international and intergovernmental organizations, nongovernmental organizations (environmental, scientific/technical, industry, foundations), and others to effectively implement, at national and regional levels, major international agreements on oceans, especially the commitments made in the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, commitments from Agenda 21, and other related agreements;

  • Work as a catalyst to mobilize knowledge, resources, and organizational action to advance the global oceans agenda;

  • Raise the international profile of oceans, coasts, and islands in all relevant global, regional, and sub-regional fora and mobilize resources to address these issues;

  • Mobilize public awareness on oceans, coasts, and islands, and promote information sharing and dissemination.

GPA is a co-chair of the Global Forum Steering Committee.

Expected Outcome at IGR 2: Sustainability of Global Forum post GEF project.

Contact: Biliana Cicin-Sain, Co-Chair Secretariat, The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands Center for the Study of Marine Policy, University of Delaware,

Robinson Hall 301, Newark, Delaware, 19716, USA;

Tel: 1-302-831-8086 Fax: 1-302-831-3668 www.globaloceans.org


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