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Background

At the high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) - The Ocean Conference - held in June 2017 at UN headquarters in New York, close to 1,400 voluntary commitments for concrete action to advance implementation of SDG 14 were made by governments, the United Nations system, civil society organizations, academia, the scientific community, and the private sector. These commitments, together with the Conference outcome document Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action, mark a global breakthrough on the path to sustainable management and conservation of our oceans, seas and marine resources.

Each of the Ocean Conference voluntary commitments addresses one or several of the SDG 14 targets, often with associated positive impact on other SDGs, including for example SDG 3 on good health and well-being and SDG13 on climate action, among others.

To follow-up on the implementation of these voluntary commitments; to catalyze and generate new voluntary commitments; and to facilitate collaboration and networking amongst different actors in support of SDG 14, the United Nations have launched nine thematic multi-stakeholder Communities of Ocean Action.

Each community is coordinated by designated focal points who work together with United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson, and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in carrying out the activities.

The nine Communities of Ocean Action are:

Coral Reef
Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth...

Fish bank
Implementation of international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

Addressing the anthropogenic pressures on marine ecosystems...

Mangroves
Mangroves

Mangroves are highly productive ecosystems providing numerous goods and services...

Sea coast
Marine and coastal ecosystems management

Diverse area-based measures and management tools can be used to sustainably manage...

rusty empty can on the beach
Marine pollution

Marine pollution from human activities can be found at all points across the ocean’s vast expanse...

Blue coral reef
Ocean acidification

Ocean acidity has increased by roughly 26% since pre-industrial times because of increased releases of CO2...

shadow people pushing cogs
Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology

Sustainable management and conservation of the ocean requires a solid and trusted knowledge base...

planet earth
Sustainable blue economy

The oceans are central to sustainable development globally, and particularly for SIDS and coastal LDCs...

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Sustainable fisheries

Marine fisheries are a key source of economic and food security, providing livelihoods for the 300 million people involved in the sector...

 

Join Communities of Ocean Action

 

All stakeholders with registered voluntary commitments, either at the Conference or subsequently, may join any of the Communities of Ocean Action to stay informed and take part in supporting activities, including workshops, webinars, expert discussions and networking.

Share progress of your voluntary commitments

All stakeholders with registered voluntary commitments are encouraged to regularly share progress of their voluntary commitments by submitting an update through the dedicated Communities of Ocean Action pages.

Launch of Communities of Ocean Action, 27-30 November 2017

The nine new thematic multi-stakeholder Communities of Ocean Action were launched during a series of webinars held from 27-30 November. The Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson, designated focal points for each community that have been drawn from the UN system and civil society/scientific and technological community, and over 200 relevant stakeholders participated in the launch events.

Announcements

Focal points

To support the work of these Communities of Ocean Action, designated focal points have been identified for each thematic area from among those actors that have registered voluntary commitments in the online registry, who will work together with United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Coral Reefs

Ms. Inger Andersen

Ms. Inger Andersen

Executive Director, United Nations Envrionment (UNEP)

H.E. Bernard Fautrier

H.E. Bernard Fautrier

Co-Chairman, The International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI)

Contacts

  • Mr. Takehiro Nakamura, Coordinator, Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Unit, Ecosystems Division, United Nations Environment Programme | email: takehiro.nakamura@un.org
  • Mr. Gabriel Grimsditch, Programme Management Officer, Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch, Ecosystems Division, United Nations Environment Programme | Email: gabriel.grimsditch@un.org
  • Mr. Francis Staub, Coordinator, The International Coral Reef Initiative | email: fstaub@icriforum.org | (ICRI)

Implementation of International Law as Reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares

Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares

Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)

Mr. Michael Lodge

Mr. Michael Lodge

Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority

Contacts

  • Mr. Dmitry Gonchar, Principal Legal Officer, UN | email: gonchar@un.org (UN)
  • Mr. CAI, Yongsheng, Legal Officer, International Seabed Authority | email: yshcai@isa.org.jm | (International Seabed Authority)
  • MMs. Marie Bourrel-McKinnon, Senior Policy Officer, International Seabed Authority | email: mbourrel@isa.org.jm | (International Seabed Authority)

Mangroves

Dr. Bruno Oberle

Dr. Bruno Oberle

IUCN Director General

Ms. Martha Rojas-Urrego

Ms. Martha Rojas-Urrego

Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Contacts

  • Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji, Director, Regional Hub for Asia-Oceania, IUCN | email: aban.marker-kabraji@iucn.org | (IUCN)
  • Mr. Ali Raza Rizvi, EbA Programme Manager, Global Ecosystem Management Programme, IUCN | email: ali.raza@iucn.org | (IUCN)
  • Ms. Maria Rivera, Senior Regional Advisor for the Americas | email: rivera@ramsar.org | (Ramsar Convention on Wetlands)

Marine And Coastal Ecosystems Management

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Mr. Marco Lambertini

Director General, WWF International

Ms. Elizabeth Mrema

Ms. Elizabeth Mrema

Executive Secretary, Convention on Bilogical Diversity (CBD)

Contacts

  • Ms. Pauli Merriman | Policy Manager Oceans | WWF International | Tel: +46 767 886 185 | E-mail: pmerriman@wwfint.org
  • Mr. Joseph Appiott, Coordinator for Marine, Coastal and Island Biodiversity, Secretariat of CBD | email: joseph.appiott@cbd.int | (CBD)

Marine pollution

Mr. Kitack Lim

Mr. Kitack Lim

Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Ms. Janis Searles Jones

Ms. Janis Searles Jones

CEO, Ocean Conservancy

Contacts

  • Mr. Hiroyuki Yamada, Director of Marine Environment Division, IMO | email: hyamada@imo.org | (IMO)
  • Mr. Fredrik Haag, Head, Office for the London Convention/Protocol and Ocean Affairs, Marine Environment Division | email: fhaag@imo.org | (IMO)
  • Ingrid Giskes, Director Global Ghost Gear Initiative, Ocean Conservancy/GGGI | email: IngridGiskes@ghostgear.org

Ocean acidification

Mr. Bronte Tilbrook

Mr. Bronte Tilbrook

(Australia - CSIRO), co-chair, Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOAON)

Mr. Peter Swarzenski

Mr. Peter Swarzenski

Section Head, Radioecology Laboratory (REL), Monaco, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Contacts

  • Mr. Bronte Tilbrook, Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network | email: Bronte.Tilbrook@csiro.au | (GOAON)
  • Ms. Kirsten Isensee, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO | email: k.isensee@unesco.org | (UNESCO)
  • Ms. Marine Lebrec, IAEA Environment Laboratories | email: M.Lebrec@iaea.org | (IAEA)

Scientific Knowledge, Research Capacity Development and Transfer of Marine Technology

Mr. Vladimir Ryabinin

Mr. Vladimir Ryabinin

Executive Secretary, IOC and Assistant Director General of UNESCO

Mr. Carlos Manuel Rodriguez

Mr. Carlos Manuel Rodriguez

CEO and Chairperson of Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Contacts

Sustainable Blue Economy

Mr. Liu Zhenmin

Mr. Liu Zhenmin

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Mr. Andrew Steer

Mr. Andrew Steer

President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Contacts

  • Ms. Madhushree Chatterjee, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UNDESA | email: chatterjeem@un.org(UNDESA)
  • Ms. Xin Feng, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UNDESA | email: xin.feng@un.org (UNDESA)
  • Mr. Kristian Teleki, Director, Sustainable Ocean Initiative, World Resources Institute | email: kristian.teleki@wri.org

Sustainable Fisheries

Mr. Achim Steiner

Mr. Achim Steiner

Administrator of UNDP

Mr. Manuel Barange

Mr. Manuel Barange

Director, Fisheries Division, FAO

Contacts

Objective

In collaboration with the UN DESA and Mr. Thomson, focal points are expected to:

  • Generate multi-stakeholder interest and engagement in the Communities of Ocean Action and in the follow-up to The Ocean Conference in general;
  • Participate in online and in-person meetings as necessary;
  • Consult broadly with the relevant community to provide assessments of progress of voluntary commitments, and collect examples of successful implementation of voluntary commitments;
  • Consult with the relevant thematic community to identify challenges to implementation of voluntary commitments;
  • Help identify gaps in implementation in the Ocean Action area and spur the creation and registration of new voluntary commitments by all stakeholders;
  • Collect expertise in areas related to the community of action and help channel best practices and policies to the voluntary commitments follow-up process;
  • Contribute to the preparation of materials such as briefing notes and online newsletters;
  • Identify experts who could be qualified to participate in expert meetings and panel discussions.

Expected outputs

The following outputs are expected to be accomplished by the next anticipated Ocean Conference in 2020.

  • Assessment on the progress of registered voluntary commitments in the areas related to the Community of Ocean Action;
  • Increased registrations of new voluntary commitments in the area related to the Community of Ocean Action;
  • Increased multi-stakeholder interest and engagement in the Community of Ocean Action and in the follow-up to The Ocean Conference;

How can i join

The Communities of Ocean Action are open to anyone with a registered Voluntary Commitment in the Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments.

STEPS TO JOIN

  1. Register a Voluntary Commitment for SDG 14
  2. Sign in to your account
  3. Click Join Community button on any of the Community of Ocean Action pages

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1. I have registered a Voluntary Commitment, but I do not have an account

  1. Click Account above and create your account.
  2. Once created, Contact us and let us know so we can link your Voluntary Commitment to your account.

2. I have an account, but I still can't join

  1. Contact us and let us know so we can link your Voluntary Commitment to your account.

How can i contribute

As a member of the Community of Ocean Action, you can contribute in several ways.

Register Voluntary Commitments

The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments remains open for all stakeholders to register their ocean action. We encourage all to stakeholders to register their ocean action to show their commitment to SDG 14.

Take part in webinars and face-to-face meetings

Each Community will organize on a regular basis virtual global webinars and face-to-face expert meetings. Join the Communities to ensure you receive information and invites.

Share updates of your Voluntary Commitments

All stakeholders with a registered Voluntary Commitment are welcome to share their progress of its implementation on an ongoing basis. Updates will be featured on this page and in the Ocean Action monthly newsletter.

Share your knowledge

All members of the Community Ocean Action can share their expertise, knowledge, best practices and respond to questions in the Knowledge Forum, available under each Community of Ocean Action pages after logging in.

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Please visit this page for more information and resources on the Voluntary Commitments for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14

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