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News announcement6 February 2020Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

EU launches International Ocean Governance Forum

Bringing together actors, stakeholders and experts within and beyond Europe for interactive dialogues on ocean challenges and governance solutions, the IOG forum will support follow-up and further development of the EU’s IOG agenda. The IOG forum will be launched with a high-level event on April 22, 2020, followed by dedicated thematic working groups on April 23-24, 2020.

We invite you to block your calendar for these dates and please register on-line.

Further information can be found at the Maritime forum

UPDATE 24/03/2020

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to change the format of the International Ocean Governance (IOG) Forum, originally scheduled for 22-24 April in Brussels.

Ocean governance cannot wait for viruses to stop from spreading. To do justice to the importance of the subject, we will not cancel or postpone the meeting but partially move to a digital format.

Therefore, the IOG-Forum Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) will be launched via online webinars between 22-24 April.

Further information about the exact timing and registration process of the online TWGs will be provided within the next 2 weeks.

Regular updates will also appear on the IOG Forum website

We count on your enthusiasm and participation and want to prove, together with you, that virtual meetings can be just as effective as physical meetings. This experience may inspire future, low-carbon meeting practice, also in better days.

Please also note in your calendars the next IOG-Forum meeting on 9-11 December in Brussels, including a high-level plenary and meetings of the Thematic Working Groups (TWGs).

We look forward to meeting you on 22-24 April!


Publication date
6 February 2020
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries