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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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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.

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VRIDI
There is currently > 7.3 billion tons of plastic in the Earth System, rising to 40 Bt by 2050. ~10 Mt of plastics reach the oceans every year; 12 Bt are projected to be in landfill by 2050. As these are released, the flux of plastics to surface waters, coastlines and oceans is amplified, with significant environmental, social and economic co [more]
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Protection of the Arctic Ocean and its ecosystem
Through its campaign and public education, parvati.org with its policy will acquire one million signature and 99 treaty signatures for Arctic ocean to be declared international peace park free from human exploitation.
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One Gulf of California (1GC)
Work with Mexican state governments (Sinaloa, Sonora, Baja California, Baja California Sur) and civil society in coastal communities surrounding the Gulf of California to co-create 2 year action plans, with concrete steps -- commitments -- to end marine pollution and ensure sustainable fishing practices in the Gulf of California.\\r\\n\\r\\nThis mo [more]
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Creating awareness and ensuring access to technology through education & community programs
The Foundation is an initiative to promote environmental conservation in general, spread awareness about climate change and empower the coastal communities, youth to take necessary action. The Foundation acts as a facilitator between communities, industry, government agencies, academic & research institutes to achieve its objectives. It has been in [more]
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Ocean University Initiative
Ocean University Initiative has been launched by the University of Brest with the support of local authorities and many of our local and national science partners. Brest/Western part of Brittany hosts the largest concentration of marine research in France and France has put a large investment into concentrating research capacities in this area. T [more]
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Meeting of the Communities of Ocean Action (COAs)
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Oceans Plastic Pollution - Save Marine Life and Human Health
We are turning our beautiful Oceans into a plastic soup. About 8 million tons of plastic enters the oceans every year, and at this rate, we face a future with more plastic in the Ocean than fish by 2050. Our plastic addiction and waste mismanagement are condemning countless marine birds and animals to death by entanglement or poisoning, and even le [more]
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Te Haumihi
Ngāti Kuri is leading the facilitation and coordination of ongoing conversations and connections for Taiātea across our Pacific Island collaborative. We are an iwi descended from the founding peoples of the northernmost peninsula of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We have vast areas of ocean and land under our guard [more]
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Water Festival Freiburg
The Water Festival Freiburg from the 11th to the 13th of July 2019 is an international event of innovation and culture, which is organised by the Freiburg change management consultancy “Zukunftsmoderation!” in conjunction with the English film and project team “Plasticoceans.uk” and additional partners from the fields of industry, science a [more]
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Planning Meetings for The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030
1) Engage and consult relevant communities regarding contributions to the objectives of the Decade, with priority given to engaging early career scientists and disadvantaged groups and regions and to the science -policy interface, building on the outputs of regional and global consultations undertaken; 2) Capacity development through organization o [more]
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Ocean, cleanup and Arctic Ocean Campaign exercise
Objective is to organize a cleanup exercise and Raise awareness about pollution in the Arctic Ocean, Implementation: in collaboration with letsdoitworld we were able to mobile thousands of members in the Pacific island nations to participate in the clean up our country coordinator in Team54Project.org led the team. For the Arctic campaign, we la [more]
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Worldrise ONLUS- We Act For Nature
Worldrise is a non-profit organisation founded by young professionals able to create projects that unite environmental protection, creativity, and education. Our projects aim to promote the conservation and valorisation of the marine environment through activities that are also able to act as a driver for sustainable economic and social development [more]
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