Global Ocean Forum post-Rio+20 letter

The Global Ocean Forum released a letter about the results of the Rio+20 conference.

The GOF deals with the Oceans & the Humankind, Post-Rio+20 – Moving toward the future we want, Blue Society, Mainstreaming an ocean-literate society, and the Alliance for the Seas and Oceans.

Find the letter Here.

Press Release of the Rio+20 Wrap-Up

A Wrap-Up on the work accomplished by the representatives of the World Ocean Network and Nausicaà took place on June 26 on the TV Set of Nausicaà

During this conference, Philippe Vallette, Ludovic Frère Escoffier et Clément Bacq, who participated at the conference of Rio+20, discussed on the themes of Oceans Day @ Rio+20, the evolution since the Johannesburg summit in 2002, the Declaration of The Oceans, the feelings of the different stakeholders, The “Blue Society”, The voice of the youth @ Rio+20 as well as the creation of ” The Alliance for the seas and oceans”.
For More Information, see the Press Release of the conference, “From a green economy to a Blue Society”.

Voice of the Youths

Two Young people, representing the World Ocean Network and whom had prepared messages and documents for the United Nation Conference, are participating in the Rio+20 conference. They assisted and organized a various activities.

Clément Bacq & Vivek Brutus’s impressions :

Clément Bacq

“Taking part in the Rio+20 conference was a great experience. When I left France, my objective was to make things change, to plead for the Oceans. But I soon had to face the reality of the formal side of the official conferences and side events, where in the end there was no place for participants to make their voices heard.

This being said, we did our best and we made a speech during the Oceans Day @Rio+20, in front of the main stakeholders of the oceans.

Our actions mainly took place at the People’s Summit, a place definitely more informal, where we distributed passports of the Citizen Of the Ocean, organized debates or a “Carrier of Words” action.

We met the people present at the events in order to explain them our cause and moreover, to give the possibility to the young to be heard concerning the ocean. I realized that all initiatives start from the base, from the civil society. And there was a strong will to change things, to act for our future.

Finally, thanks to these events, I have the impression that I have fulfilled my mission and now I feel more involved and I want to spread this Voice of the youth for the ocean.

I am really optimistic for the future, and I will continue my actions in order to raise public awareness about the economic and social potential of the oceans and the youth.”

Vivek Brutus

“We observed at Rio+20 a strong will to change the way the world works. I think that although the conference seems to have failed at the political level,  it enabled all the actors of the sustainable development to realize that they are not alone, that there are people sharing the same ideas in other countries. I hope this conference will enable the setting of new projects and exchanges between different NGO or people, in order to try to change the world.”

World Ocean Network’s voluntary commitments

The World Ocean Network proposed at the United Nations three voluntary commitments for the oceans

These propositions are the result of a collaboration of the World Ocean Network with Nausicaà and the Global Ocean Forum.

World Ocean Network and four partners to create “The Alliance for Seas and Oceans”

During the Rio+20 conference, the World Ocean Network, Nausicaà, Tara Oceans, Green cross and Sea Orbiter have decided to join their voices in creating “The Alliance fot the Seas and The Oceans”. This Alliance wants to “Speak up with one voice at an international scale to convey our message for the seas and the oceans”

By the end of 2012, the Alliance will propose guidelines aiming to “a joint project toward a governance of the oceans

This Alliance also aim to promote the “Blue Society“, created by Philippe Vallette and developed by Nausicaa and World Ocean Network.

“We want to set in motion an economic, social, environmental and cultural ‘movement’. Each and every one of us has their place in this new society; we propose to build it together in a cooperative spirit, without conflict. The ocean’s wealth and resources belong to us all, they must be shared equitably, and we are all responsible for them.  In this new society we call the “Blue Society” we are all stewards of the ocean: for the sake of today’s generations, and those to come.”

For more information, find the complete post on Tara Ocean website.

source: Tara Océan / actu-environnement