04.05.2012 - Natural Sciences Sector

Representatives of small island states, least developed countries, Latin America and Europe discuss a roadmap towards a blue-green economy

The UNFCCC climate negotiations in Durban in November/December 2011 (COP17) provided important breakthroughs in the international climate talks and the implementation of international agreements, including a decision to develop by 2015 an ambitious, new legal instrument applicable to all, that will be informed by the latest science and ensure the highest level of mitigation efforts by all Parties.

The determined, combined efforts of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the European Union played an important part in this success, and their continued cooperation will be essential to ensure success in international talks, ranging from climate talks to the upcoming Rio+20 conference on 20-22 June 2012.

With the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard has invited ministers from AOSIS, LDCs and a number of Latin American countries to discuss potential 'next steps', and how the existing cooperation can be strengthened. The ministers will also meet with EU Commissioners for Environment, Janez Potočnik and for Development, Andris Piebalgs to identify potential common priorities and goals for Rio+20.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO has been invited to participate in the session on the ocean and fisheries to provide expertise. Securing the role of the ocean as a source of life, of food and of biodiversity, requires effective action at many levels. While the ocean appears to have gained a high priority on the Rio+20 agenda, the global action needed remains insufficient. The questions discussed will include:

  • What goals and targets in the area of oceans and fisheries would stimulate a meaningful transition towards a greener economy?
  • Which conditions (finance, science-policy interface, economic instruments, etc) should be created in order to stimulate effective action?
  • What role should be played by governments, international financial institutions, private sector and civil society?

The ministers will aim to establish a roadmap towards a global inclusive green economy and the institutional framework to achieve this.

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