Recognizing the importance of healthy oceans and marine resources as critical to sustainable development, H.S.H, Prince Albert II of Monaco has decided to convene a workshop in Monaco on the 'sustainable use of oceans in the context of the green economy and poverty eradication' on the 28–30 November 2011. The workshop will have representatives of governments, researchers and experts, representatives from relevant UN entities, civil society, economists as well as representatives of the business sector from different regions of the world.
The workshop is a contribution to the preparatory process of the upcoming
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20),
that will be held in Rio de Janeiro from 20-22 June 2012.
Results of Monaco Workshop will feed directly into the outcome document of the Rio+20 Conference.
For those interested in a good starting point for discussions on oceans issues in the Rio+20 process, please see the Global Ocean Forum report, Oceans at Rio+20: How Well Are We Doing in Meeting the Commitments from the 1992 Earth Summit and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development?- Summary for Decision Makers, which is now available via the Global Ocean Forum here. The full report will be published shortly. For more information on Global Ocean Forum activities in the lead-up to Rio+20 see: http://globaloceanforum.org/
The Pew Environment Group also conducted an analysis of gaps in the implementation of the ocean-related outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, Rio+20: Time to Turn Back the Tide, which investigates the major international initiatives intended to improve ocean management and identifies the gaps between the promises and the delivery, available here.