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Global issues & initiatives

Relevant organizations:

WIEGO: http://wiego.org 

Avina: http://www.avina.net/esp/

GiZ: http://www.giz.de/en/ 

World Bank: LINK 

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New Global Partnership to Bring Powerful Forces Together for Healthy Oceans Last Updated on 2012-02-23 23:49:15   SINGAPORE, February 24, 2012—  A powerful coalition of governments, international organizations, civil society groups and private interests are joining together under the banner of a Global Partnership for Oceans to confront widely documented problems of over-fishing, marine degradation, and habitat loss.   In a keynote speech to be delivered today at The Economist’s World Oceans Summit here, World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick said the Partnership would bring science, advocacy, the private sector, and international public institutions together to advance mutually agreed goals for healthy and productive oceans.     Read the Full Article here   More »
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