RISE UP - Overview of Questions
Overview of Questions
20. Will something be organised at the UN Ocean Conference in June on RISE UP?
1. What is the RISE UP Blue Call to Action?
The RISE UP Blue Call to Action is a joint call by Indigenous Peoples and Fisherfolk groups, Ocean advocacy organisations and philanthropies to governments and corporations to join us and agree to bold action to safeguard the ocean at the next UN Ocean Conference, that was scheduled to take place in Portugal from 2-6 June 2020, but has now been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
2. Why do we need a Blue Call to Action?
The ocean is in deep crisis. Coral reef die-offs, collapsing fish populations and species extinctions are evidence of this escalating crisis brought about by overfishing, ocean heating, acidification, pollution and multiple other stressors. Defending the ocean’s capacity to produce oxygen, sequester carbon and provide food and livelihoods for billions of people is vital. However, the international political response has so far not come anywhere near what is needed to avert this ocean crisis.
Unfortunately due to the coronavirus pandemic, many key meetings that were to take place in 2020, such as the UN Ocean Conference have been delayed. The organisations that have developed and signed RISE UP still see this year as an important opportunity for the global community to come together and raise the ambition bar considerably higher.
In particular, we want to inspire decision-makers and key stakeholders to RISE UP and agree on a course of action that will give our Blue Planet the best chance of survival
3. How did RISE UP get started?
In May 2019, Oceano Azul Foundation partnered together with Ocean Unite and the Oak Foundation to bring together a small but influential group of fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, ocean conservation organizations and foundations to agree on common priorities, objectives and targets that drive solutions for the ocean crisis and raise the level of ambition for action.
4. What was the process to draft it?
An initial group of over 20 organisations were invited in May 2019 to be part of the process to draft a call to action. They were asked to fill out a questionnaire giving feedback on their organisations’ perspectives of the top 5 problems facing the ocean and the bold solutions needed. The findings of this questionnaire informed the basis of the discussions of two in-person meetings that were held in Lisbon in June 2019 and in London in October 2019. These meetings and a thorough process of online consultation resulted in the drafting of the RISE UP text. Oceano Azul and Ocean Unite have been steering this process.
5. What does RISE UP stand for?
Restore Ocean life
Invest immediately in a net-zero carbon emissions future
Speed the transition to a circular and sustainable economy
Empower and support coastal people
Unite for stronger global ocean governance
Protect at least 30% of the ocean by 2030
6. Why are some ocean issues not included?
There are many problems and threats facing the Ocean, as well as a wide range of important solutions and actions needed to help address them. To try to include ALL of these issues would have diluted the message and urgency of this call to action, which is why we have come together and prioritized these bold and ambitious actions that will make a sea-change to the health of the ocean.
7. Can the RISE UP text still be changed?
The Blue Call to Action text is finalised, and will not accommodate further changes or amendments. We are confident that the participatory process and wide and representative groups involved in the drafting, has captured the key priorities of the wider ocean community.
8. How can I find out more about the priorities listed in RISE UP?
We have developed an internal version that includes a number of links and references to the issues that are discussed. You can download it here.
9. What languages is RISE UP available in?
The text can be downloaded in English, Spanish, French and Arabic from the RISE UP website as well as from the google folder (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IcCr4Mmc4X8G1fAKIV2cNjqWP65pssZ2) .
10. Which organisations are involved?
RISE UP has been powered by 26 founding partner organisations, that have been involved in the drafting of the call to action. These include: Conservation International, High Seas Alliance, Indigenous and Conserved Communities Area (ICCA) Consortium, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), Marine Conservation Institute, Monaco Blue Initiative, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Natural Resource Defence Council, Oak Foundation , Ocean Unite, Oceano Azul Foundation, Oceana, Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation, Ocean Conservancy, Packard Foundation, Prince Albert II Foundation, Rare, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Seas at Risk, The Nature Conservancy, Waitt Institute, Waitt Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers and WWF.
11. How many organisations have endorsed RISE UP?
On the RISE UP website is a list of all the organisations that have signed up as well as the founding partner organisations.
12. What do we want governments & companies to do with RISE UP?
We want governments and companies to actively support the different goals and actions included in RISE UP. We want them to commit to this bold and transformative action at the UN Ocean Conference in June, and to work expeditiously in their own countries and globally to ensure the necessary changes in policy and action.
13. Can other organisations sign onto RISE UP?
Yes, they can and we are actively working to inform people and organisations about RISE UP and encouraging them to sign on. They can sign on via the dedicated form on the RISE UP website
14. Can individuals sign onto RISE UP?
RISE UP is a call for action by civil society and philanthropic organisations. While we strongly encourage individuals to support RISE UP by spreading the RISE UP word through their networks, we are not collecting individual sign-ons.
15. How can I help get the RISE UP word out?
We have developed some communications tools that will help get the word out about RISE UP. These include a website, a social media toolkit, a Q & A for internal use, key communications messages. These documents can be found in this google folder: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IcCr4Mmc4X8G1fAKIV2cNjqWP65pssZ2 . We encourage you to use your contacts and different communications channels to distribute and support this initiative and encourage others to RISE UP as well.
16.What happens to RISE UP after the UN Ocean conference in June?
Initially the UN Ocean Conference was scheduled to take place in Lisbon in June 2020. It is hoped that it will still convene, but in some time in 2021. RISE UP is a collection of bold actions that have been agreed by key players in the Ocean community. We hope that there will be real progress in ensuring bold commitments are made at the UN Ocean Conference in 2021 and that words really turn into action. As organisations committed to ocean protection, we will continue to work together to support the achievement of these priority actions listed in the call to action beyond the UN Ocean Conference, and to help support their implementation.
17.How does RISE UP differ from the UN Call to Action?
The Call to Action that came out of the first UN Ocean Conference was 6 pages long and 2500 words. While it includes many important actions, it is the result of political negotiation, rather than a reflection of what the ocean really needs to stay healthy for the long-term. RISE UP tries to focus on some key priority actions that will help deliver a much healthier ocean for the long-term rather than maintain the destructive status quo in the short term.
18.How does RISE UP relate to the Blue Manifesto that European NGOs are also supporting?
RISE UP is a global call- addressed at all the world's governments, and the Blue Manifesto addresses these issues with a specific EU focus and context. The documents are mutually reinforcing.
19.Are organisations that have signed RISE UP actively working on all these issues?
Not all organisations are working on each of these issues. Individual organizations have their own priorities and expertise, however together as a group, the RISE UP call to action reflects our collective priorities.
20.Where can I find out more about the RISE UP?