Communities of Ocean Action for supporting implementation of SDG 14
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 is launching nine thematic multi-stakeholder Communities of Ocean Action.

Each community will be coordinated by two focal points who will work together with United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Communities of Ocean Action
  1. Mangroves
  2. Coral reefs
  3. Ocean acidification
  4. Marine and coastal ecosystems management
  5. Sustainable fisheries
  6. Marine pollution
  7. Sustainable blue economy
  8. Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology
  9. Implementation of international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

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 (available after launch 27 Nov 2017).

Launch of Communities of Ocean Action - Webinars schedule

27 Nov 2017, 11.00 AM - 12.00 PM (EST)
  • Implementation of international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
27 Nov 2017, 02.00 PM - 03.30 PM (EST)
  • Ocean acidification
  • Coral reefs
28 Nov 2017, 02.00 PM - 03.30 PM (EST)
  • Marine pollution
  • Mangroves
29 Nov 2017, 02.00 PM - 03.30 PM (EST)
  • Marine and coastal ecosystems management
  • Sustainable fisheries
30 Nov 2017, 02.00 PM - 03.30 PM (EST)
  • Sustainable Blue Economy
  • Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology

Join the launch!
The nine Communities of Ocean Action will be launched during a series of global webinars to be held on 27-30 November 2017. Click below to register to the webinars.

Upcoming activities
Ocean Action Newsletter
The monthly Ocean Action Newsletter will feature activities of the Communities of Ocean Action, updates from voluntary commitments, and other relevant information related to implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14

United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson
"These Communities of Ocean Action are being launched to keep up us all true to the great momentum gained at The Ocean Conference in June. They will ensure we follow through on our collective commitment to reverse the cycle of decline in which the Ocean has been caught. I look forward to working closely with all Communities of Ocean Action to achieve SDG 14's implementation."