This UN programme, previously known as the “Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects”, will carry out a global review of marine assessments and report to the General Assembly by the end of 2014. The World Ocean Assessment website has been designed and built by GRID-Arendal, with financial and in-kind support provided by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the Australian Government, UNEP and GRID-Arendal.
Until now, there has been no system to provide an integrated, world-wide view of what is happening to the oceans and seas and our uses of them. Following the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, the United Nations set up a regular process to review the environmental, economic and social aspects world’s oceans and seas – the three pillars of sustainable development. This is the “Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects”. The outputs will be a series of World Ocean Assessments, building on the many assessments already carried out by States and international organizations. The aim is to provide a sound, scientific basis for decisions at the global level on the world’s oceans and seas, and a framework for national and regional assessments and management decisions.
For more information please visit www.worldoceanassessment.org.