The Oceans Compact
The Oceans Compact is strategic vision for the UN to deliver more coherently and effectively on its ocean mandate. It was launched on 12 August 2012 by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as part of his five year action plan. The Compact aims to provide a platform for all stakeholders to collaborate and accelerate progress in the achievement of a common goal: protecting the ocean and the people whose livelihoods depend on it. Ocean sustainability will be a key dimension of the post-2015 development agenda.
The main objectives of the Oceans Compact are:
- Protecting people and improving the health of the oceans;
- Protecting, recovering and sustaining the oceans' environment and restoring their full food production and livelihoods services; and
- Strengthening ocean knowledge and management of oceans.
UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) will continue to contribute to the development of the Compact, and has a particular stake in the last objective.
Oceans Compact Advisory Group
The Compact will lead to a result-oriented Action Plan that will benefit from the guidance of a dedicated Ocean Advisory Group composed of 20 to 30 members, including approximately 10-15 government representatives and 10-15 high-level policy-makers, scientists, ocean experts of recognized standing, private sector representatives, and representatives of non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations.
A call for nominations was open until 26 April to identify the most suitable candidates.
A support group comprising IOC-UNESCO, UNDP and UNEP has been formed to provide secretarial assistance to the work of the Oceans Compact Advisory Group in the coming months.
- Call for Nominations (pdf)
IOC Circular Letter No. 2480
- Letter of invitation by the Chair of the High-level Committee on Programmes (pdf)
- Extension of the deadline to 26 April 2013 (pdf)