Raise your voice for the Ocean!

Share your ideas and proposals for the Nice Conference

We invite ocean voices to contribute with feedback and actionable ideas outside the box

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You are welcome to feed the process with your contribution, which we shall publish in this section before the Immersed in Change Conference, convened by the Government of Costa Rica on 7-8 June 2024, exactly one year before the Ocean Conference in Nice. Together with France, Costa Rica will co-chair the Nice Conference in June 2025.

Please fill in the form below with the information requested, if possible, before 30 April 2024. Should you have any questions or prefer to submit your outside the box proposals via email, please write us at letsbenicetotheocean[at]gmail.com

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Person on whose behalf the submission is made

Your contribution may be of a general nature or related to one of the themes covered in the Let’s be Nice to the Ocean e-book, or of a more general nature, and/or cover another outside the box topic.

Please indicate if your contribution is related to one or more of the themes covered in the e-book

We ask you to preferably restrict your submission to a maximum of three pages. Links to relevant pages or documents are welcome as additional information or references. Video material is also welcome (indicate the link/s on the Comments box). If you are the author of the documents and would like us to share them from our platforms, please send us a written a permission confirming your ownership and explicitly authorising us to share that material.

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Depending on the flow of contributions, we intend to stagger publications or publish a summary. Please indicate if (some of the) issues are attached to a specific deadline, or if for example your contribution addresses an on-going process or a specific time-bound event.

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Building on the first call to all the voices of the Ocean (2023)

Pursuant to a consultation process with participation of 125 civil society organizations, a synthesis report outlining ideas, expectations and recommendations of NGOs was released in October 2023 together with its executive summary, and presented to the French and Costa Rican Co-Chairs of the Nice Conference.

Supporting sustainable small-scale artisanal fishers; protecting the deep sea and the high seas; designating and managing effectively truly protected marine protected areas, including in the Southern Ocean; preventing marine pollution from all sources; greening the shipping sector; strengthening ocean literacy and access to knowledge; and improving the transparency of ocean governance, are key elements identified and reflected in the synthesis report.

The 2023 consultation evidenced the need to encourage and seek innovative thinking and action outside the box, now that the UN Ocean Conference is convened for a third time, and the conclusion of the UN 2030 Agenda is approaching.


Our Partners

An initiative coordinated by The Varda Group

Let’s Be Nice to the Ocean is an initiative coordinated by The Varda Group in cooperation with the Ocean & Climate Platform and in partnership with TBA21-Academy, Dona Bertarelli Philanthropy, the Tara Ocean Foundation, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, MedPAN and Ocean Born Foundation.

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