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.