The ocean constitutes 70% of Earth's surface and its issues are international in nature, meaning global collaboration and cooperation under an international framework is essential for its betterment. In keeping with this idea, OPRI has actively participated in international discussions on ocean issues and has communicated our country's initiatives along with observing and exchanging ideas on advanced initiatives undertaken by other countries and international organizations.
Ocean officials from international organizations, countries, research institutes, NGOs, among others, discuss on the issues surrounding the ocean at the Global Ocean Forum (GOF), the basis for international collaboration, where OPRI has been the only participating organization from Japan since the beginning and has made contributions to its establishment, in addition to actively participating in its activities and contributing to initiatives on the integrated management and sustainable development of the ocean. In particular, OPRI sponsored "Oceans Day," a side event, as a major member together with the Global Ocean Forum (GOF), the State Oceanic Administration of the People's Republic of China, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the University of Delaware at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). OPRI then contributed to the "ocean" becoming an independent heading in the Rio+20 outcome document by supporting the formation of the "Rio Ocean Declaration," which incorporated steps corresponding to the enhancement of integrated management of the ocean, promotion of the fishing industry for social and economic benefits, and climate change and ocean acidification.
OPRI is the only Japanese NGO that holds a special consultative status for the UN Economic and Social Council on the ocean and has actively participated in discussions on ocean governance including the Rio Earth Summit, WSSD and Rio+20, major conferences related to action plans, the Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (SPLOS) and the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS). Moreover, OPRI has contributed to the formulation of action plans regarding the ocean and ocean governance in the international community, in addition to introducing those results within Japan.
Furthermore, as for the East Asian region, OPRI joined the UN project "Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)" as a non-governmental organization, ahead of the government, which joined from 2009 as a regional international organization. Hiroshi Terashima, President of OPRI, worked as the technical session chairperson (2007-2013) and OPRI has also actively contributed to the formulation and implementation of the Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia (SDS-SEA), co-sponsorship of the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress, and PEMSEA's transition to a regional international organization.
In addition, OPRI reached out to East Asian ocean policy research institutes in China, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, among other countries, and established the Ocean Policy Institute Network in East Asia Region (OPINEAR), and has been working as its coordinator and main office. Through OPINEAR, OPRI has contributed to the ocean policies for the East Asian regions, facilitating information sharing on the implementation of ocean governance, research collaboration and construction of the network of affiliated institutes.