G7 Future of Seas and Oceans Initiative

The Group of Seven (G7)

The Group of Seven (G7) is an intergovernmental organisation composed of representatives from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Union is also a member, holding all the privileges and obligations of membership but without the right to host or chair a summit. The G7 often serves as a pathfinder group, piloting activities for broader G20 and UN initiatives that may be too complex to manage with a larger set of partners.

The G7 FSOI initiative

offers a mechanism to address the challenge of strengthening and sustaining ocean observations through the coordinated actions of the 7 leading nations in ocean observing plus the EU, who together fund more than half of global ocean observations.

The G7 members have emphasised the importance of focusing the G7 initiative on issues at the nexus of science and governance that address global ocean observations, working with the U.N.-sponsored Global Ocean Observing System to pilot efforts in areas where the FSOI can add unique value:

Foster agreements on priorities for coordinated investment
Catalyse and facilitate authoritative scientific underpinning
Provide leadership for leading-edge science and technology efforts
Foster governance / policy agreements between G7 countries

In a Statement to the OceanObs’19 Conference that brought together 2400 scientists from 60 nations, the G7 members explained the position of the FSOI:

“As leaders in ocean observing, the G7 FSOI Working Group recognises that implementing a system of high quality, sustained ocean observations cannot be done in isolation, and that it needs to be a coordinated, collaborative and global effort. Therefore, through leading by example, we hope to promote and support partnerships, networks, and increase the availability of science through open data and scientific cooperation amongst the global community.”


Through leading by example, we hope to promote and support partnerships, networks, and increase the availability of science

On 2 March 2021, the G7 FSOI National Focal Points approved the further scoping of 7 activities to be carried out with international partners to advance the collection and use of global ocean data. These activities are being developed through the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre.

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