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Dr Sang-Kyung BYUNPrincipal Research ScientistClimate Change & Coastal Disaster Research Dept.Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute Ansan, P.O. Box 29,425-600 SeoulREPUBLIC OF KOREA
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IOC Circular Letter No. 2448
IOC/WWW/JB(Available in English only) Paris, 20 August 2012
Member States (main national co-ordinating bodies for liaison with the IOC)
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Launch of the UN Secretary-General
Oceans Compact: Healthy Oceans For Prosperity, a new initative to protect the ocean and its citizens
By means of this Circular Letter, I am pleased to inform you that the UN Secretary-General, BanKi-Moon, launched on August 12, at the Yeosu Expo 2012 (Republic of Korea) a new UN-wideOcean Compact. This new initiative is aimed at protecting the oceans and the people whoselivelihoods depend on it. As part of his five-year action plan, the UN Secretary-General identified in 2011 the protection of ocean resources as a priority issue to be addressed under his appointment. As a result, inDecember 2011, the Secretary-General requested the UN High Level Committee on Programmes(HLCP) to start preparing a draft compact on the oceans that would set out a strategic vision for the UN System to deliver more coherently and effectively on its oceans-related mandates,consistent with the Rio+20 outcome.
All relevant UN bodies have been involved in the production of this compact and IOC/UNESCOhas played a key role in its formulation. Most of issues raised by IOC/UNESCO during the Rio+20Conference on Sustainable Development and its preparatory process, are reflected in the threehigh-level objectives of the Oceans Compact, These are:1. Protecting people and improving the health of the oceans;2.
Protecting, recovering and sustaining the oceans’ environment and natural resources and
restoring their full food production and livelihoods services;3. Strengthening ocean knowledge and the management of ocean.This initiative intends to increase coordination of efforts regarding ocean protection within the UNSystem. It will also provide a platform to help countries protect the ocean's natural resources,restore their full food production to help peoples whose livelihoods depend on the sea, andincrease awareness and knowledge about the management of the oceans.