10.08.2012 - Natural Sciences Sector

Declaration for the living ocean and coasts


EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea is the first international exposition focusing on the ocean, coasts and islands in international recognition of their role. The main message of the expo is that the well-being of humankind is linked to that of the ocean, which is under threat: global cooperation is needed. Sea level rise, the loss of biodiversity, acidification and pollution are only a few dangers threatening our seas and coasts. Restoring sustainable life to our marine environment is the responsibility of the entire global community.

The expo is coming to a close on 12 August 2012 with the Yeosu Declaration Forum. The Yeosu Declaration, pursued as part of the legacy of the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea, is intended not only to enhance the awareness of dangers faced by the sea but also to promote the necessity of international cooperation for turning these challenges into hopes for the future.

The forum is an opportunity to identify practical applications of the Declaration and actions going forward. Notable participants include Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Wendy Watson Wright, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC).

UNESCO-IOC participated in the Declaration's review committee.

Youth are also invited to take action for the ocean through the UNESCO Youth Forum as part of the closing events of the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea for the Living Ocean and Coasts. It will bring high school, college and graduate school students together with the expo visitors to discuss:

  • Conservation of the ocean and coasts,
  • Sustainable development and use of the ocean, and
  • Ocean culture.

Speakers will include the 6 young winners of the essay contest and experts in marine science.

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