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June 2018 - Celebrating One Year Anniversary of The Ocean Conference


The UN Ocean Conference, held at UN Headquarters in June 2017, brought together more than 4000 participants from governments, the UN system and other intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, academia, the scientific community and the private sector. The Conference resulted in a number of ambitious outcomes, including the adoption of the "Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action" declaration, co-chairs' summaries of the seven partnership dialogues that were held during the Conference, and over 1400 voluntary commitments made in support of SDG 14 by various stakeholders.

As reported in previous issues of the Ocean Action Newsletter, many important developments related to SDG 14 have taken place since June last year, including: the appointment of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean Mr. Peter Thomson; the launch of nine new Communities of Ocean Action to follow-up on the voluntary commitments on SDG 14; the proclamation of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development by the United Nations General Assembly; and the decision of the General Assembly to convene an Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Intergovernmental Conference).

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New Voluntary Commitments

A Plastic Planet

(A Plastic Planet)
A Plastic Planet (APP) is a grassroots organisation with a single goal to turn off the plastic tap. APP is not focused on recycling, but an absolute reduction in the production and the use of plastic to package food and drink and drive the change towards responsible alternatives.
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Other new commitments for SDG 14
7x7x1 Blue Planning in Practice: Worldwide MSP training offer to enable ecosystem-based marine and coastal planning and management, #OceanAction25529 (Blue Solutions)
7x7x1 Encouraging exchange of experiences and lessons learned regarding the sustainable management and use of marine and coastal resources, #OceanAction25533 (Blue Solutions)
Updates from Voluntary Commitments


7x7x1 The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity - TEEB Aruba, #OceanAction16198 (YABI)
7x7x1 Biodiversity Conservation, Coastal, Ocean Clean-up and Protection, #OceanAction14216 (SPAWNOrg Inc. (Service to the People and Welfare of the Nation Org. Inc.) Tanauan, Leyte Philippines 6502)
7x7x1 Sport2Clean Education Environment, #OceanAction21902 (Sport2Clean Australia Limited)
7x7x1 Ecoship, #OceanAction12930 (Peace Boat)
7x7x1 International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development - The Ocean we want for the Future we need, #OceanAction15527 (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO)
7x7x1 We commit to education youth worldwide on SDG 14 and ocean conservation, #OceanAction14135 (10 by 2020)
7x7x1 Renewable Energy from Coral and Karstic Formation, #OceanAction24052 (Ernesto Icogo / Global Network Member)
7x7x1 Blue Planning in Practice: Worldwide MSP training offer to enable ecosystem-based marine and coastal planning and management, #OceanAction25529 (Blue Solutions)
7x7x1 Implementation of a monitoring and sensitization program in peruvian industrial anchovy fishery, based on the ecosystem management approaches, #OceanAction17800 (Tecnológica de Alimentos S.A.)
7x7x1 Partnership with African Coastal States to Eradicate IUU Fishing in their Sovereign Waters by 2020, #OceanAction17190 (Sea Shepherd Global)
7x7x1 On My Wish List: Ocean in View, #OceanAction14668 (Lady Lawyer Foundation (LLF))
7x7x1 Mangrove Partnership Reporting Online Platform, #OceanAction23237 (Indigenous Training Programme (NGO))
Division for Sustainable Development
Department of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations

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