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

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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.

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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.

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All members of the Community Ocean Action can share their expertise, knowledge, best practices and respond to questions in the Knowledge Forum
The Communities of Ocean Action are open to anyone with a registered Voluntary Commitment in the Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments.

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

Addressing the anthropogenic pressures on marine ecosystems, such as marine pollution, overexploitation of marine living resources, coastal degradation, climate change and ocean acidification, and their impacts requires effective cross-sectoral coordination and extensive cooperation among States at global, regional and bilateral levels, including through intergovernmental organizations. International law, as reflected in UNCLOS, provides the strongest basis for such cooperation, and its effective implementation is thus critical to the sustainable development of oceans and their resources.

More than 270 commitments relate to some aspects of implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, either as a standalone topic or as part of a diverse array of ocean management activities.

This Community of Ocean Action aims to support its members in implementing their voluntary commitments related to implementation of international law as reflected in UNCLOS, human rights, gender and social justice by exchanging progress reports, experiences, lessons learned and good practices.

Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
Promote information and Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for the sustainability of small scale fisheries in the context of food security and poverty eradication., #OceanAction14945
CoopeSoliDar R.L together with the network of Marine responsible Fishing Efforts, the INCOPESCA and the Congress of Costa Rica has presented a project of Law supported by FAO, for the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainability of Small Scale fisheries in the context of food security and poverty eradication. The 20750 proje [more]
Progress update
On My Wish List: Ocean in View, #OceanAction14668
Launch of "Lady Lawyer Village Fun Plan" (https://ladylawyerfashionarchive.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/lady-lawyer-village-fun-plan-launch-en-soufflant-le-chaud/)
In sinergy with the Lady Lawyer Foundation voluntary commitments at the UN Ocean Conference for implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14), and at the Agenda for Human [more]
Progress update
Education, Training and Capacity Building, #OceanAction21576
At the UN Ocean Conference in June 2017, WMU registered a commitment that aims to contribute to the implementation of Goal 14 by training a new generation of maritime and ocean leaders through the delivery of specialist post-graduate educational programmes in Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management, as well as in Maritime Energy Management, [more]
New Commitment
Tethered Plastic Cap Solution Implementation WorldWide, #OceanAction24354
ThisCap's goal is to implement, within the single use bottle industry, a tethered plastic cap solution that can be used on ALL beverage and chemical containers. Our patented innovation will prevent more than 5 Billion Plastic Caps each day from entering Earth's Wildlife Habitats.
New Commitment
Concept Design of Robotic Solar Powered Barges to Filter and Remove Oceanic Plastic, #OceanAction24152
A realistic and feasible solution to clean up the trillions of pieces of plastic garbage now building in massive Ocean Gyres around the World. Envisage a fleet of Solar Robotic Barges (SRBs) perpetually sailing between Oceanic Plastic Garbage Gyres and processing ports established as close as possible. The SRBs are guided by a combination of [more]
New Commitment
Watertrek , #OceanAction24104
Watertrek is a franco-british association founded by French Actress Sverine VASSELIN that aims to raise awareness on the need to protect aquatic ecosystems. Its work is structured around 3 main missions and poles: - TO EDUCATE (producing Creative Ocean Literacy Contents, using theater & fiction to inspire), - TO INITIATE (offering Paddle [more]
New Commitment
Provision of subject matter expertise on the application of risk management tools in regulatory frameworks supporting SDG14, #OceanAction23807
UNECE with its Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies and its Group of Experts on Risk Management in Regulatory Systems (GRM) commits to develop recommendations for governments related to the application of practical risk management tools in regulatory frameworks in support of the SDGs, and with an initial focus on SDG [more]
New Commitment
Unmanned/Autonomous Technologies For Ocean Protection and Production, #OceanAction23654
The objective is to develop unmanned/autonomous technologies for aiding ocean protection and production. The technologies will be developed, tested and evaluated in collaboration with multiple partners by bringing together groups of experts from different fields. The work will involve using existing commercially available technological capabilit [more]
New Commitment
Strengthening fisheries governance and States capacities to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, #OceanAction22206
The objective of the commitment is to strengthen fisheries governance and States capacities to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing through the implementation of the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures (PSMA) and complementary instruments and tools. This objective will be achieved through a three-pronged a [more]
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