UNESCO 36th General Conference

Side Event "Oceans at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Building Ocean and Coastal Sustainability and Greening the Blue Economy"

This side event will provide an opportunity for :

  • Sensitizing Member States on the objectives and issues that will be negotiated at Rio+20 conference, from an ocean perspective;
  • Highlighting the initiatives that UNESCO/IOC, and other UN agencies (UNDP, IMO, FAO) are taking to highlight the role of oceans in sustainable development, including in the formulation of key proposals that could be agreed by Member States at Rio.
  • Providing a forum for Member States to present their perspectives on key ocean issues and national preparation for Rio+20.

The side event is also the occasion of the launch of the UN Paper ‘Blueprint for ocean and coastal sustainability’ prepared by IOC/UNESCO, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the International Maritime Organizationn (IMO), as a contribution to the Rio+20 preparatory process.

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