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Issue No:65
  • :ISSN 0973–1121
  • :July
  • :2013
  • :English

The blue sea had over it the mystery of the darkness of the

night; the high noon sun had lost its fiery vigour and shone

with the pale yellow splendour of a full moon. All around me,

before and on either hand, was a waste of waters; the very air

and earth seemed filmed with moving water, and the sound

of falling waters was in my ears.

— from The Mystery of the Sea by Bram Stoker

Analysis / GPO

A Fishy Partnership

The proposed Global Partnership for Oceans must recognize, and protect, ocean space for coastal fishing communities to safeguard their culture, dignity and source of livelihood

This article has been written by Sebastian Mathew (, Programme Adviser, ICSF

In a speech, “A New S-O-S: Save Our Seas”, Robert B. Zoellick, former President of the World Bank Group, announced in Singapore the formation of the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO) at The Economist World Ocean Summit in February 2012. The Bank would mobilize US$300 mn in catalytic finance, he said, and the GPO would leverage an additional $1.2 bn in five years.

Almost four months later, the GPO was launched at the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil (See “A Declaration for Healthy Productive Oceans to Help Reduce Poverty”, page 23). To translate this Declaration into reality, a Framework document for a GPO is being prepared. A draft is online (see

The GPO is proposed to be a partnership of governments, regional and multilateral organizations, United Nations (UN) agencies, foundations, research institutions, private sector companies, and civil society organizations (CSOs). One year after its launch, the GPO has nearly 150...



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