The ethical and moral underpinnings of the IOI in managing relations with the ocean in a sustainable manner are: the respect for common goods; the peaceful and sustainable use of ocean services and resources; the common heritage of the high seas; and the need to support and empower people and countries, particularly developing countries.
To continue into the future to play a vital role in Ocean Governance by maintaining the legacy of the founder Elisabeth Mann Borgese for humankind to live with the Ocean and from the Ocean in sustainable relationship, protecting both and respecting the Ocean’s majesty.
(Extracts from the IOI Statutes and Rules of Procedure, 2015) available for download below
Message from the IOI Patron
The International Ocean Institute is the legacy of its founder Prof Elisabeth Mann Borgese who devoted the best part of her life to the inspiring and worthy mission of integrating the ethical and moral dimension into the global governance dimension. She helped to fashion the constitution of the ocean – the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) – as an instrument for the peaceful use of ocean services and resources for the benefit of all humankind.
The direct impact of the human imprint on the ocean, combined with the interdependent nexus of ocean and climate change calls for a new vision and a new direction in the sustainable governance of the ocean, its seas and their resources.
Today I invite you to share with us an exciting and challenging journey by making your own contribution to improve the sustainability of the ocean and thus promote peace and development worldwide. There are many ways by which you can become involved with us so please take the time to visit our website, learn more about what the International Ocean Institute does and how you can be a part of this great venture.
Mr. Nikolaus Gelpke