The Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO) is a growing alliance of over 140 governments, international organizations, civil society groups, and private sector interests committed to addressing the threats to the health, productivity, and resilience of the ocean. It aims to tackle widely documented problems of overfishing, pollution, and habitat loss.

The GPO’s Blue Ribbon Panel—convened by the World Bank to advise the GPO—comprises leaders from 16 countries, representing government, the private sector, civil society organizations, academia, and multi‐lateral institutions. The Panel was tasked with providing recommendations to the GPO on the principles and practices for prioritizing and implementing sustainable ocean investment.

Nelson Del Rio, in his role as a member of the World Bank GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, is focused on the development of goal-based PPPs and related financing as tools to generate socio-ecological sustainability of the oceans and related communities. These PPP-specific efforts will be highlighted in a future issue of Handshake following the launch of his new effort, Prosperity of the Commons International, with co-founders Robin Davies and Jack Sterne.