From mid-2018 to mid-2020 the Australian Government, through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, will co-chair the Secretariat of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) in partnership with the governments of Monaco and Indonesia.
It has been agreed between the co-chairs that Monaco will lead in the first year and Australia will lead in the second year. This will include hosting an International Coral Reef Initiative General Meeting in Australia in late-2019.
Through our role as Secretariat, Australia aims to continue to strengthen International Coral Reef Initiative's effectiveness as a mechanism for global and regional collaboration, and continue to build scientific capacity and innovation in reef management in the face of the many challenges coral reefs face globally.
The Authority is a founding member of the initiative that is an informal partnership among governments, international organisations, non-government organisations and the private sector. The initiative contributes to raising awareness on the importance of and threats to coral reefs and related ecosystems, recognising that they are facing serious pressure.
The Initiative was founded in 1994 by eight governments: Australia, France, Japan, Jamaica, the Philippines, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.
The International Coral Reef Initiative now has more than 60 members and International Coral Reef Initiative actions have been pivotal in catalysing greater international collaboration on coral reefs. The International Coral Reef Initiative is the major body providing advice to the UN General Assembly and other UN agencies.
The International Coral Reef Initiative strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world by implementing Chapter 17 of Agenda 21, adopted by the international community at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and calls for the protection and rational use of oceans, seas and coastal areas.
The Australian Government, again through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, last hosted the International Coral Reef Initiative Secretariat in 2012-13, in partnership with the Government of Belize.