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The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) coordinates and promotes marine research  on oceanography, the marine environment, the marine ecosystem, and on living marine resources in the North Atlantic, including the adjacent Baltic and North seas.

ICES is a network of more than 1600 scientists from 200 institutes linked by the ICES Convention, an intergovernmental agreement, to add value to national research efforts.

Scientists working through ICES gather information about the marine ecosystem. Besides filling gaps in existing knowledge, this information is developed into unbiased, non-political advice.

​Rio +20 takes place from 20 to 22 June.
ICES takes stock

Investigating our role in ocean and coastal sustainability for Rio+20
How does ICES contribute and how could it contribute to the ocean‐management issues that are on the Rio+20 agenda? The document ICES Stocktaking of its Role and Capabilities in Ocean and Coastal Sustainability considers the question, supports, and replies to diverse proposals outlined in a UN interagency report.
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC/UNESCO), in cooperation with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has published the UN interagency report A Blueprint For Ocean And Coastal Sustainability. The report analyses the current global challenges faced by ocean and coastal management, and assesses progress towards the multiple goals set through previous international efforts. Setting the context for the Rio+20 discussions, the report defines, within highlighted areas of priority, tangible tasks leading to greater ocean sustainability.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD; also known as Rio+20) will take place in Brazil between 20 and 22 June 2012, and marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.
ICES is proud to support this initiative, which will ensure that ocean and coastal management challenges are part of the outcome of the Rio+20 meeting, and that marine concerns are integrated with future sustainable development approaches.
ICES Communications
International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES),
H. C. Andersens Boulevard 44–46
DK-1553 Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel: (+45) 33 38 67 00