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International Ocean Governance Forum

The International Ocean Governance (IOG) Forum is a European Commission initiative, in association with the European External Action service. It aims provide a platform for actors and stakeholders within and beyond Europe for interactive cross-sectoral and cross-boundary dialogue on ocean challenges and governance solutions in support of the follow-up and further development of the EU International Ocean Governance Agenda.

The EU has made healthy, productive, safe, secure and resilient oceans its mission, through a coherent cross-sectoral and rules-based international approach with the IOG agenda for the future of our oceans. The focus of the IOG Forum is to develop a roadmap with recommendations for action on improving the international ocean governance framework, reducing pressure on oceans and seas and creating the conditions for a sustainable ‘blue’ economy and strengthening the ocean knowledge system.


The consortium is led by Fresh Thoughts and EMB are partners along with Acteon, IASS Potsdam and TMG.

EMB role

EMB is leading thematic working group three (TWG3) on ‘Strengthening International Ocean Research, Data and Knowledge’, which focuses on how the EU can provide leadership to further advance the role of science in international ocean governance particularly within the framework of the upcoming UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021 – 2030). Five sub-topics are covered within this working group: improving the ocean science, society, policy interface; supporting ocean research; strengthening ocean observations; improving research alliances; and supporting data frameworks.

More Information

You can find more information on the IOG Forum and working groups on the European Commission's Maritime Forum. You can also follow twitter discussions using #IOGWebinars, #IOGForum, #IOG, #OceanEU, #OceanKnowledge.

Contact at European Marine Board Secretariat: Britt Alexander