The All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Forum 2022 took place in Brasilia from 31st May – 2nd June 2022, in the framework of the All Atlantic Ocean Research & Innovation Alliance. Ignacio Ybáñez, Ambassador of the European Union to Brazil, emphasized th

(Source: EEAS)

The All-Atlantic Ocean Research 2022 Forum – Scientific Event in Brazil, took place in Brasilia and virtually,  from 31st May – 2nd June 2022, in the framework of the All Atlantic Ocean Research & Innovation Alliance (AAORIA), preparatory to the High-Level Ministerial Event, foreseen in Washington D.C. from 12th to 14th July 2022.

The All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Forum 2022 took place in Brasilia from 31st May – 2nd June 2022, in the framework of the All Atlantic Ocean Research & Innovation Alliance.  Ignacio Ybáñez, Ambassador of the European Union to Brazil, emphasized the strategic importance of EU and Brazil cooperation in marine research.

Brasilia, 2nd of June 2022

The All-Atlantic Ocean Research 2022 Forum – Scientific Event in Brazil, took place in Brasilia and virtually,  from 31st May – 2nd June 2022, in the framework of the All Atlantic Ocean Research & Innovation Alliance (AAORIA), preparatory to the High-Level Ministerial Event, foreseen in Washington D.C. from 12th to 14th July 2022. This year’s edition of the Forum is co-hosted by Brazil and the United States of America, in collaboration with the European Commission and All-Atlantic partners, with the support of the AANChOR CSA and organized by NOAA (USA) and MCTI, CNPq and CONFAP (Brazil).

The objective of the Brasilian event of the  2022 Forum was to support a well-structured dialogue among the ongoing actions and build the necessary interfaces to sustain the long-term cooperation, focusing on shared visions and priorities. The outcomes of the scientific discussion will be presented at the Ministerial Event in July in the form of a Scientific Report.

The scope of the conference was to take stock of the almost a decade success of the All-Atlantic ocean research and cooperation from a scientific perspective and to contribute to the different building blocks of the All-Atlantic Research & Innovation Alliance, capitalizing on the achievements, and aiming to take all this forward with a new milestone to be set in Washington D.C., where partners from along and across the Atlantic will sign the new All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance political Declaration.

Ignacio Ybáñez, Ambassador of the European Union to Brazil, participated in this prestigious event und underlined during his intervention the strategic importance of EU and Brazil cooperation in marine research, which fed into the construction and many successes of AAORIA. He highlighted that scientific cooperation is central for reaching the European Green Deal objectives and the SDGs, and that the EU in collaboration with All-Atlantic Alliance partners is leading these endeavours and the transition towards a green and sustainable ocean economy. The EU Ambassador pointed out to the strong growth opportunities and potential for ever stronger cooperation the blue economy offers.

John Bell, Director for Healthy Planet and Cristina Russo, Director for Global Approach  and International Cooperation in R & I, both from the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation of the European Commission, also joined the event in the session “Celebrating the achievements of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance”. In her speech Ms Russo highlighted the new EU Global Approach strategy for international cooperation in R&I, and the importance of the AAORA, which is an example of successful multilateral partnership. Ms Russo underlined the need for rules-based multilateralism, announcing that, in line with the Global Approach, the Commission will launch a multilateral dialogue on the principles and values underpinning research and innovation cooperation, involving the EU’s key international partners in research and innovation.

John Bell, as EU co-chair of the AAORA work highlighted how the high-level scientific discussion of the two previous days demonstrated the engagement of the All-Atlantic research community which has made it possible to make this an extraordinary success of ocean science diplomacy. He also pointed out that the upcoming signature of the new All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Alliance political Declaration during the Ministerial event in Washington DC will be a fundamental milestone, which will allow partners from along and across the Atlantic to tackle together the biggest challenges our ocean is facing for the next decade. He thanked the work of the community for the past decade, the Brazilian authorities for their support to this cooperation and asked everyone to keep on their devotion for a sustainable and healthy Atlantic Ocean.

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