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A Summit that brought together more than 600 ocean stakeholders, including 80 ministers from across the world, ocean science experts, business leaders, philanthropy and heads of international organizations – committed to a set of concrete actions responding to the urgency for restoring productive, resilient oceans that drive broad-based blue growth and deliver food security.
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Urgent coordinated action is needed to restore the health of the world’s oceans and secure the long-term well-being and food security of a growing global population. That is a key message of an international summit that opens today in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Caribbean Journal
“The British Virgin Islands is happy to join the global effort to sustainably management of the world’s oceans, which are a vital resource to the BVI and on which our livelihood and the livelihood of so many others around the world depend,” said BVI Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources Dr. Kedrick Pickering. “At home we are already taking steps in a number of areas to ensure we are doing our part.”
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Aquaculture – or fish farming – will provide close to two thirds of global food fish consumption by 2030 as catches from wild capture fisheries level off and demand from an emerging global middle class, especially in China, substantially increases. These are among the key findings of “Fish to 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture” – a collaboration between the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), released today. The report highlights the extent of global trade in seafood which tends to flow heavily from developing to developed countries.
French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy
On Saturday, October 26, Philippe Martin, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, gathered foreign ministers as well as many government officials, international organizations and non-governmental organizations in Ajaccio after the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC 3). France announced its membership in the Partnership for Global Ocean, an initiative of the World Bank for ocean conservation.
World Fish Center
The Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations has just released a fascinating report entitled Now for the Long Term. The report asks: how we can avoid future crises and overcome our inability to address big challenges that will shape our world? A key recommendation in the report is to make more use of boundary spanning multi-stakeholder coalitions to try and deal with specific problems.
International Seafood Sustainability Foundation
The following is a statement from ISSF president Susan Jackson. “Today’s release of the Global Partnership for Oceans Blue Ribbon Panel report is an important moment for ocean conservation. This document underscores the need for action and outlines a practical way to identify and implement improvements for greater food security, more effective resource management and more responsible maritime industries."
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A unique panel of business, government, conservation and academic leaders has agreed a global strategy for aligning ocean health and human well-being. The Blue Ribbon Panel, which includes 21 global experts from 16 countries, emphasizes that without action to turn around the declining health of the ocean, the consequences for economies, communities and ecosystems will be irreversible.
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A World Bank project on Capturing Coral Reef and Related Ecosystem Services has received US$4.5 million in grant funding by the Global Environment Facility. This regional project will design innovative models for valuing mangrove, sea grass and coral reef ecosystems services to inform policy and decision making for improved environmental stewardship of these critical resources.
The TerraMar Project
Demonstrating its continued global leadership on oceans issues, Palau on Friday appointed H.E. Stuart Beck as its first Ambassador on Oceans and Seas. With this appointment, Palau dedicates its most senior United Nations diplomat – with nearly a decade’s service as Palau’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative – to the oceans.
Marine Stewardship Council
Marine Stewardship Council releases its 2013 Global Impacts Report to explore the environmental and organisational impacts of the MSC's certification and eco-labelling program. The report presents independent data, which enable an understanding of how well the MSC is achieving its objectives.
Global Partnership for Oceans
Miguel Angel Jorge has been named as the first managing director of 50in10, a collaboration launched with the 10-year goal of bringing 50 percent of the world’s fisheries under sustainable management, while increasing economic benefits by $20 billion annually.
The Nature Conservancy
BLOG: To have the maximum impact, MPAs must be in the right places where just a few hectares of protection make a big difference.
Environmental Defense Fund
More than one hundred fishermen, chefs and seafood distributors ask US Congress for sustainable management of fisheries through catch shares.
Global Ocean Commission forms to protect valuable high seas.


As the Managing Director of the World Bank and a member of the Global Oceans Commission, I am often asked why the Bank works on oceans. It is a question that many of us have been asked - especially since the launch in 2012 of the Global Partnership for Oceans which we host. The answer is very simple. As a development institution concerned with reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity, we cannot ignore the two thirds of the planet that is covered by ocean or the hundreds of millions of people who depend on it for food and livelihoods. Read the rest here
Global Partnership for Oceans
The Global Oceans Action Summit brings together global leaders in government, business, civil society, and science to demonstrate measurable steps toward ocean health. The Summit highlights successful integrated approaches to public-private partnerships, catalytic financing, and secure ocean governance. Roundtable events will address the balance between growth and conservation, private sector and community benefits, and issues of regional and national jurisdiction.
Global Partnership for Oceans
What is it about oceans? Ocean events seem to be getting bigger and broader in their participation. No matter whether the people in the room are representing government, seafood companies, private foundations, or conservation groups, they are unified by one thing: the need for serious action and soon. Things were humming this week in San Francisco at The Economist’s World Oceans Summit. High-level speaker after speaker put the focus on the need for urgent action as climate change exacerbates the impacts that decades of overfishing, pollution, and habitat loss have been having on the world’s oceans. Read more
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A think tank meeting for civil society organisations was organized jointly by the African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) in Naivasha, Kenya, from 17-18 December 2013. This consultation brought together key stakeholders to discuss a Pan-African Fisheries Policy Framework and Reform Strategy with special focus on small-scale fisheries. A World Bank sustainable fisheries experts participated in the workshop and developed opportunities for collaboration between the GPO and small-scale fishers. The GPO will continue the conversation with communities and organizations that represent these important members of the private sector. For more information please click the title for the communiqué from the meeting. 
Global Partnership for Oceans
On June 18-21, 2013 leaders, practitioners, scientists and private sector players convened in Bali, Indonesia at the Asia Conference on Oceans, Food Security and Blue Growth. Global stakeholders discussed ocean investments and proven solutions that can promote food and nutrition security and sustainable growth in Asia.
Global Partnership for Oceans
Honorable Ministers, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is truly a great privilege to be here with you in Bali, Indonesia for this important gathering. The World Bank is pleased to be a supporter of this Asia Conference which has been so ably led by co-hosts at the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs & Fisheries and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Government of the Netherlands. Thank you to our hosts for creating this opportunity to come together, share experiences and ideas and move the agendas of food security and sustainable growth forward.
Global Partnership for Oceans
Tourism is the world’s largest service industry and a potential source of wealth creation and sustainable development in small islands and coastal states. The tourism sector accounts for 30% of the world’s export of services and nine percent of global GDP. In 80% of developing countries, tourism is in the top five export industries and almost half of international travelers are selecting developing countries as vacation destinations. In January 2013, the Global Partnership for Oceans convened thought leaders on sustainable tourism to examine ways and means of harnessing the enormous power of the industry for the sustainable development of oceanic and coastal economies.
Global Partnership for Oceans
The Cook Islands played host to the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Summit - an annual meeting of the leaders of all Pacific Island Countries and other regional governments. GPO partners were active in their support for the new Pacific Oceanscape as well as proposed Pacific Islands Regional Ocean investment.
Global Partnership for Oceans
Thank you very much. Mr. Secretary-General, President Tong, Vice President of the World Bank, Ms. Rachel Kyte, Your Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dare I say dear friends. A few years ago, upon embarking on the path to Rio, I met with the Secretary-General of the Conference and the Director-General of the Department for the Environment and Special Affairs of Brazil to ensure that oceans be given the political recognition they deserve in the outcome of this historic global event that is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
Global Partnership for Oceans
Thank you, Madam Kyte, Vice President of the World Bank; Your Serene Highness, Prince Albert from Monaco; Your Excellency President Anote Tong of Kiribati; Excellencies; ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure to participate in this very important event. Most of you have traveled across the ocean to be here, and I thank you very much for your taking time, and I thank you for your coming to keep these oceans environmentally sustainable. I am honored to join Your Serene Highness Prince Albert and Your Excellency President Anote Tong.
Global Partnership for Oceans
Thank you, Rachel, for those flattering words; I take them with humility. Your Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Your Excellency, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations, World Bank Vice President, Rachel Kyte, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Before I begin, I would like to commend the Secretary-General's comments following his visit to Kiribati.  First of all, we were deeply grateful that the Secretary-General took the opportunity to visit such an isolated country like Kiribati.  Kiribati is a very difficult country to get to.  Once you get there, you cannot go beyond; you have to start coming back.
Global Partnership for Oceans
At Rio+20 conference, over 100 countries, civil society groups, private companies and international organizations declared their support for the new Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO), signaling their commitment to work together around coordinated goals to restore the world’s oceans to health and productivity. 
Global Partnership for Oceans
As of last night, a total of 82 countries, development agencies, private sector companies, foundations, science bodies and civil society organizations had signed up to this Declaration in support of the Global Partnership for Oceans. 
Global Partnership for Oceans
More than 130 representatives from over 70 governments, civil society organizations, seafood groups, major retail outlets, ocean science bodies, UN agencies and international institutions gathered to kick off the GPO.
World Bank
Ladies and gentlemen, Oceans are the lifeblood of our world. They flow over more than 70 percent of our planet, and hold about 97 percent of its water.  They absorb heat and carbon dioxide, generate oxygen, and shape the world’s weather patterns.  They provide about 15 percent of the animal protein for the world’s population. The air that we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat.  Whether we live inland or on coastlines, each one of us relies on healthy oceans.  So I’m particularly pleased to have this opportunity today to discuss the need for coordinated global action to restore the oceans to health.