Blueprint for The Future We Want

The wellbeing of humanity is inextricably linked to the living environment that sustains us. Our ocean makes the earth habitable for people, by providing and regulating the climate, weather, oxygen, food, jobs and many ecosystem services. Yet our ocean and its resources are deteriorating and depleting. Today our ocean depends on us, as we depend on the ocean.

Blue-green economies and societies are an important means to achieve what sustainable development ultimately aims at: the wellbeing of people while respecting the environment. It is now recognized that future economic development must be linked to both environmental and social pillars. An in-depth rethinking of development in all its dimensions is imperative. The global community must not miss the opportunity of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to set a new agenda for a sustainable 21st century. World leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and international organizations, will come together to shape a better future.

The protection of this global common calls for collective action. We can each make a difference, by understanding the issues and focusing on sustainable solutions that we can apply to our lives, by sharing our dreams and ideas. You too can participate and decide which is The Future We Want.

These pages aim to help you understand some of the main issues threatening the ocean today, how they affect you, and how you can help.

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