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14 Nov 2021

International Ocean Governance: An Agenda for the Future of our Oceans


On the 10th of November 2016 the European Commission adopted a landmark political document: a Joint Communication on "International ocean governance: an agenda for the future of our oceans."


It is a joint initiative by Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative and Vice President of the European Commission in charge of External Relations, and Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, Fisheries, and the Environment – in association with Jyrkki Katainen, Vice-President of the Commission in charge of Growth and Jobs.
This Communication is the first EU-level initiative that addresses the way in which the world's oceans are managed and governed.  It focuses on what the EU can do to ensure oceans that are safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed and includes a list of 50 actions at EU and international level. It is hoped that it will give impetus to stronger, more coherent and more effective ocean management at the global scale.     
Today's Communication builds on a long and intense consultation process with stakeholders in the European Union and around the world.  This is just the beginning – the next step is spreading the word and turning today's proposed agenda into reality. The full text of the communication, a list of action and a fact sheet are available here: