Since setting sail on our common Atlantic Ocean journey together, we have made remarkable progress with our marine research and innovation cooperation. We have significantly progressed towards an All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, which joins efforts undertaken with the signing of the European Union – United States – Canada Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation, and the European Union – Brazil – South Africa Belém Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation.
The All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum highlighted results and solutions for our citizens and communities from Antarctica to the Arctic produced so far by this cooperation, and plan the further implementation of the Galway and Belém Statements. During the Forum, the Atlantic community defined a vision of how it can strengthen its international cooperation to seize the opportunities and address the common challenges. A highlight of the Forum was the launch of the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Forum by European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel.
The Forum set a new strategic direction for the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, which can support the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and deliver on the priorities such as the European Green Deal, the Horizon Europe Mission Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters and others.