Targeted Consultation on International Ocean Governance

Targeted Consultation on International Ocean Governance

on August 27, 2020


The International Ocean Governance Agenda (JOIN(2016) 49 final) has contributed to a concerted and targeted approach to improve the governance framework, to protect the oceans, strengthen international ocean science and develop a sustainable blue economy worldwide. Despite good progress by the EU and the global community to improve ocean governance as presented in the progress report on the delivery of the agenda (JOIN(2019) 4), further action is necessary to ensure oceans are healthy, clean, safe, secure and sustainably used.


The targeted stakeholder consultation aims to assess the need and how to develop the EU International Ocean Governance Agenda. In particular, the consultation aims to identify opportunities for targeted action in light of today’s challenges in international ocean governance to deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in particular the sustainable development goal on the ocean (SDG14) in support of the objectives of the European Green Deal

Concretely, the objectives of the consultation are to:

  • re-examine the EU’s role in international ocean governance;
  • re-examine the three priorities of the current Agenda, its goals and the actions thereunder (JOIN(2016) 49 final); and
  • identify new policy areas or actions to tackle existing and emerging challenges


The targeted consultation seeks contributions from relevant stakeholders including Member States, third countries, international organisations, NGOs, financial institutions, academic, scientific, social and economic partners

The consultation consists of 5 sections:

  1. Personal information
  2. Scope and objectives of the International Ocean Governance Agenda
  3. Strengthening the International Ocean Governance framework
  4. Reducing pressure on the ocean and seas and creating the conditions for a sustainable blue economy
  5. Strengthening international ocean science: research, data and knowledge systems

After the first two sections, you can submit your answers or choose to answer one of the three thematic sections in addition. You can also choose to answer all sections. Each section consists of 5-10 questions.

Follow the link to the EU Survey webpage and take the survey on the International Ocean Governance