[Editor’s Note: We continue to monitor the emergence and performance of broad collaborative initiatives involving governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), international organizations, NGOs, industry and academia for models which might inform global immunization (i.e. GVAP) in terms of governance, modes of collaboration, metrics, roles and accountability frameworks.]
The World Bank announced that more than 80 nations, private companies and international organizations declared support for Global Partnership for Oceans, “signaling their commitment to work together around coordinated goals to restore the world’s oceans to health and productivity.” Support for a “Declaration for Healthy and Productive Oceans to Help Reduce Poverty” at the Rio+20 conference are 17 private firms and associations “including some of the largest seafood purchasing companies in the world, representing over $6 billion per year in seafood sales, as well as one of the world’s largest cruise lines.” The World Bank noted that supporter include 13 nations, 27 civil society groups, 17 private sector firms and associations, seven research institutions, five UN agencies and conventions, seven regional and multi-lateral organizations and seven private foundations.
The Global Partnership for Oceans is described as “a new and diverse coalition of public, private, civil society, research and multilateral interests working together for healthy and productive oceans. It was first announced in February 2012 by World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick at the World Oceans Summit and has been gathering growing support.”