Monday, February 13, 2017

An Ocean SDG

As we gear up for the UN'S Ocean Conference Preparatory Meeting in New York City this week, let's take a look at the goals set out in SDG14.  
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, with the objective to tackle poverty and ensure a sustainable and equitable future for all.

Building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expired in 2015, these 17 goals and 169 targets are a bold commitment to tackle some of the world's most pressing challenges.

SDG14, or the Ocean SDG, recognises the important role that our ocean plays in driving global systems and sustaining life on Earth.

SDG14 Goals

By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution 

By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans 

Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels 

By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics 

By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information 

By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation 

By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism 

Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries 

Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets 

Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want

Learn more about SDG14 from the UN Sustainable Development website