The European Commission (EC) with the European External Action Service (EEAS) launched the European Union (EU) International Ocean Governance Forum (IOG Forum) in 2020. It was created as a platform for ocean stakeholders within and beyond Europe to share knowledge, experiences and good practices on ocean governance, and to support the further development of the EU’s International Ocean Governance Agenda (IOG Agenda). The IOG Forum enabled the online engagement of experts and stakeholders from Europe and beyond via webinars, online workshops and a targeted public consultation throughout 2020 to help identify key actions that could be implemented by the EU to improve international ocean governance and help set the course for a sustainable blue planet. Contributions obtained have been compiled by the consortia of scientific institutions and think tanks (including the European Marine Board, TMG Think Tank for Sustainability, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Aceton Environment, Freshthoughts Consulting) supporting the European Commission. Through a co-creative process with experts from the EC and the EEAS, these contributions were turned into recommendations for priority EU Actions and proposed implementation pathways.
The final recommendations can be downloaded here.