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The Organizers

Who We Are

The International Ocean Institute (IOI) is an international non-governmental organization devoted to the sustainable development of the oceans. Having contributed to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and as a consultative body to the UN itself, IOI shares in the belief that the ocean is humankind's common heritage and a source of life.

To this end, IOI embraces Pacem in Maribus (Peace in the Oceans) in order to promote and advocate the peaceful and sustainable uses of ocean space and coasts. The organization posits its strengths on its training and capacity-building programs, as well as on its educational, sustainable management and ocean conservation outreach.  At the 2007 Pacem Maribus Conference in Malta the following decision was made:  

"The Conference agreed to launch a “Waves of Change Campaign”; a campaign of marine and environmental conservation groups, scientists, experts, educators, young innovators, media professionals that seeks to heighten awareness of the value and importance of oceans; to adapt and expand IOI education/training/capacity-building programmes to engage youth; to establish partnerships to explore new approaches and methodologies for ocean space management, sustainable ocean governance and advance sound ocean policy; to elevate ocean issues on local/national/regional agendas and to promote the interests of women and youth in meeting the MDG objectives. We therefore invite all to join in making this campaign a reality."


IOI Conference Decision


Subsequent to the action at the Waves of Change Pacem Maribus conference in Malta, the Governing Board of the International Ocean Institute at their October 30th and 31st 2008 meeting in Bucharest, Romania, reported in their Summary Report of the meeting:

"The Board delegated the right to Dr. Noel Brown to pursue the Waves of Change".  

The Governing Board of IOI further proposed a funding plan of $20,000 USD to help begin the Waves of Change Campaign.


Programs & Activities

•IOI has held 33 Pacem in Maribus conferences since the first  held in Malta in 1970.

•IOI Operational Centers can be found in the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Japan, Kenya, Malta, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine, and United States of America.

•IOI benefits from arrangements with 25 host institutions in the above countries. The latter enjoy the benefits of working together through the global IOI network on ocean affairs.

•IOI produces research and policy-related publications dealing with ocean governance and ocean science.

•Through the organization of a series of Leadership Seminars, IOI identifies the implications of sustainable development with a focus on regional seas.

•IOI is developing a system-wide program for the coordination, delivery, quality assurance and development of education programs in the field of ocean research.

•Global partnerships in education, training and capacity building programming is conducted through IOI Ocean Learn, ORDA

IOI website: www.ioinst.org