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Implementation of international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
As a member of the Community of Ocean Action, you can contribute in several ways.

Register Voluntary Commitments
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.

Share updates of your Voluntary Commitments
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.

Share your knowledge
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.

Steps to join
  1. Register a Voluntary Commitment for SDG 14
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  3. Click Join Community in the above button

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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
Submarine Cables, Marine Environment and Sustainable Development, #OceanAction15704
Since registering its voluntary commitment, the ICPC has obtained consultative status with the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and appointed a United Nations Observer Representative (UNOR) who participated in the 28th Meeting of the States Parties to the UN Law of the Sea Convention, and in the 19th meeting of the Informal [more]
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
Science for deep-ocean sustainability, #OceanAction15238
In March 2018 the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) formed a new working group for the upcoming UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development enabling the deep-sea biology community to contribute to this initiative (2021 to 2030). In April, 2018 a DOSI workshop was convened at the University of Southampton - Science diplomacy for s [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
Humpback Whale Research Project, Bermuda, #OceanAction28020
Identification of humpback whales in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean during the whales' pelagic migration from their southern breeding/calving grounds in the West Indies to their feeding grounds on the Eastern Seaboard of the USA, Eastern Canada, Labrador, Greenland, Iceland and perhaps Norway. With a private catalogue of 1,500 individual fl [more]
New Commitment
Center for Biodiversity Conservation and Endangered Species (CBES)- Viet Nam Marine Megafauna Network, #OceanAction27570
The Center for Biodiversity conservation and Endangered Species (CBES) envision a future where biodiversity, especially endangered fauna and flora in Vietnam, are shielded under science-based policies, evidenced-driven activities and the loves and concerns of public. Our mission are (1) provide scientific evidences to develop management policies an [more]
New Commitment
Mahim Beach Cleanup , #OceanAction27469
Slum & Rural Innovation Project, is a Storytelling and Technology Education platform in India, dedicated to ignite the curiosity, problem solving capabilities and innovative spirit of kids, youth and women in lower income groups of urban slums and rural communities. Our programs help the participants to envision their potential and learn skills [more]
New Commitment
SDG 14, #OceanAction27463
A future India where there is widespread understanding and appreciation of nature and its values, and where the quality of life is better due to our respect for nature being reflected in our institutions and our law. CAT is dedicated to provide assistance in the form of technical information, legal advice, aid and equipment to all those who are [more]
New Commitment
Assessing the Carbon Potential of Mangrove Forests in Nigeria, #OceanAction26950
Blue Carbon Project Nigeria is a virgin organization poised with the aim of restoration of mangrove forests in the Niger Delta by research, community planning, training, and policy intervention. The first aim of the group is to carry out the largest single-day mangrove survey of stems. This will be the first step in assessing the carbon potenti [more]
New Commitment
ImpIemplement an Offshore oil and gas COnvention and Liabilities Compensation Fund, #OceanAction26878
To define the extent and content of such a Convention including the regulation of transboundary liabilities, safety and security aspects. We will assess all offshore installations, whether fixed or mobile, dedicated to any offshore oil and gas activities included for eventual regulation. For offshore oil and gas activities we understand all tho [more]
Voluntary Commitments
Knowledge Forum
Focal points
  • Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)
  • Mr. Michael Lodge, Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority
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