Commit to SDG 14
The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments
Entity types
Government
7
United Nations entity
2
Intergovernmental organization
1
Non-governmental organization (NGO)
6
Civil society organization
2
Academic institution
2
Philanthropic organization
1
Partnership
3
ocean basins
Global
10
Arctic Ocean
2
Southern Ocean
2
South Pacific
10
North Pacific
10
North Atlantic
5
South Atlantic
5
Indian Ocean
7
SDG 14 Targets
Target 14.1
12
NUTRIENTS
Fertilizer use efficiency
2
Nutrient sinks (e.g. constructed wetlands)
1
Manure management
1
Wastewater treatment
5
Other (please specify)
1
PLASTICS
Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
7
Plastics product bans or restrictions
5
Coastal clean-ups
10
SHIPPING
Management of ship-based pollution and/or port waste management
2
Reduce invasive aquatic species introduction
2
Other (please specify)
1
OTHER POLLUTANTS (please specify)
Industrial effluent pre-treatment
2
Target 14.2
12
Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
7
Integrated Coastal Management
5
Marine Spatial Planning
3
Large Marine Ecosystem approach
3
Ecosystem-based Adaptation
4
Other (please specify)
2
Target 14.3
5
Coastal carbon sinks/blue carbon
1
CO2 emission reductions (energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.)
2
Adaptation to more acidic ocean conditions
1
Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
4
Target 14.4
8
Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
6
Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
4
Science-based fisheries management plans
5
Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
5
Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
2
Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
2
Market-based instruments (Individually Traded Quotas, Vessel Day Schemes, etc.)
2
Target 14.5
10
No take marine protected area
3
Marine protected area with partial protection
1
Multiple use marine protected area
4
Locally or community managed marine areas
4
MPA management and/or enforcement
6
Other (please specify)
2
Target 14.6
2
Removal or reduction of harmful fisheries subsidies
1
information relating to harmful subsidies
2
Target 14.7
10
Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
4
Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
7
Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
3
Economic benefits from marine renewable energy
1
Economic benefits from marine biotechnology
1
Economic benefits from sustainable transport
3
Target 14.a
15
Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
9
Research capacity development
7
Data access and sharing
11
Training and professional development
11
Scientific cooperation
8
Transfer marine technology
5
Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
5
Other (please specify)
1
Target 14.b
5
Legal/policy/institutional measures
3
Access to market-based instruments
2
Transfer of fishing technology
4
Access to coastal fishing grounds
4
Access and capacity building for eco-labelling and traceability systems
2
Community empowerment for fisheries management
5
Target 14.c
9
Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
8
Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
1
Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
5
Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
2
Other (please specify)
1
Beneficiary countries
Albania
1
Algeria
1
Antigua and Barbuda
1
Benin
1
Cabo Verde
1
Canada
1
Chile
1
Croatia
1
Cyprus
1
Djibouti
1
Egypt
2
Ethiopia
1
Fiji
1
France
2
Georgia
1
Ghana
1
Greece
1
Haiti
1
Israel
2
Italy
1
Kenya
1
Lebanon
1
Libya
1
Malta
1
Mexico
2
Montenegro
1
Morocco
2
Nepal
1
Nigeria
1
Pakistan
1
Palau
1
Seychelles
1
Slovenia
1
Somalia
1
South Africa
1
Spain
2
Sweden
1
Tanzania
1
Tunisia
1
Turkey
1
United Kingdom
1
United States of America
1
Zimbabwe
1
More information
The high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at United Nations Headquarters from 5 to 9 June 2017. The Conference will devote special attention to the health of our oceans and seas and advance implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

Outcomes of The Ocean Conference include:

  1. "Call for Action" - An intergovernmentally agreed declaration to be adopted by consensus
  2. Co-chairs' summaries of seven partnership dialogues
  3. List of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14

Voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference are initiatives voluntarily undertaken by Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international and regional financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors - individually or in partnership - that aim to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. Any voluntary commitments made within the framework of the 2030 Agenda targeting SDG 14 can be registered as voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference.

Stakeholders above are encouraged to register voluntary commitments in The Ocean Conference Registry of Commitments available on the Conference website that:

  • Advance implementation of SDG 14 and associated targets, reflecting inter-linkages between SDG 14 and other Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Respect principles of the United Nations and the legal framework in force for the oceans;
  • Build on existing successful efforts (scaling it up, new phase, etc.) or introduce a new one;
  • Include means of implementation - such as finance or capacity building - as an element to help ensure longevity and sustainability of the initiative;
  • Provide access to additional information on the commitments (e.g. website, contacts);
  • Follow SMART Criteria - a commitment that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Resource based, with Time-based deliverables.

Registration of voluntary commitments can be done online starting from 15 February 2017. Submissions may include commitments that have been made since the adoption of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (September 2015). Voluntary commitments may also be announced in the official meetings of the Conference.

A list of voluntary commitments will be produced at the end of the Conference for inclusion into the final report of the Conference. To be included in the list and the report, voluntary commitments should be registered online or announced at the Conference by 9 June 2017.

The Ocean Conference Registry of Commitments will remain open online after the Conference, with all the details of voluntary commitments publicly accessible.
Introduction
The Ocean Conference shall adopt by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration in the form of a "Call for Action" to support the implementation of Goal 14 and a report containing the co-chairs' summaries of the partnership dialogues, as well as a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference.

Voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference are initiatives voluntarily undertaken by Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international and regional financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors - individually or in partnership - that aim to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. Any voluntary commitments made within the framework of the 2030 Agenda targeting SDG 14 can be registered as voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference.

All stakeholders are encouraged to register voluntary commitments geared at driving implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 and its associated targets, in The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments. A list of voluntary commitments will be produced at the end of the Conference, and be included in the report of the Conference.
Questions and Answers

1. What are voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference?

Voluntary commitments for the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development - The Ocean Conference - are initiatives or pledges undertaken by any stakeholder - individually or in partnership - that aim to contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 14.

Voluntary commitments are expected to be specific in nature, quantifiable where possible, focused on contributing to one or more target(s) under SDG 14.

2. What criteria do voluntary commitments need to fulfil?

  • Advance implementation of SDG 14 and associated targets, reflecting inter-linkages between SDG 14 and other Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Respect principles of the United Nations and the legal framework in force for the oceans;
  • Build on existing successful efforts (scaling it up, new phase, etc.) or introduce a new one;
  • Include means of implementation - such as finance or capacity building - as an element to help ensure longevity and sustainability of the initiative;
  • Provide access to additional information on the commitments (e.g. website, contacts);
  • Follow SMART Criteria - a commitment that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Resource based, with Time-based deliverables.

3. What is the purpose of registering voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference?

Member States have decided that a list of voluntary commitments will form a part of the official outcome of The Ocean Conference. A list of voluntary commitments will be produced at the end of the Conference for inclusion into the final report of the Conference, based on online registrations and announcements during the official proceedings of the Conference.

The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments will provide a broad platform for facilitating information sharing, fostering collaboration among a range of stakeholders, assessing where implementation is taking place, provide gap analysis, and catalyzing additional action to address challenges that oceans and seas are facing.

4. Who can register voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference?

All relevant stakeholders can register voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference, including Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international and regional financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, and philanthropic organizations - individually or in partnership. Entities entering voluntary commitments are not required to be registered to attend the Ocean Conference itself.

5. What is the time frame for a voluntary commitment?

Any commitment made since the SDGs were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 can be registered. The registry will also remain open after the Conference.

6. Our organization/entity has an existing voluntary commitment for SDG 14. Can it still be registered in The Ocean Conference Registry?

Yes. Submissions to The Ocean Conference Registry may include commitments that have been made in other processes since the adoption of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015.

7. We already have a registered partnership or voluntary commitment in the Partnerships for SDGs online platform (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships), or in the SIDS Action Platform (http://www.sids2014.org/), but wish to commit to SDG 14 and The Ocean Conference. Do we need to register again at The Ocean Conference Registry?

If your existing initiative meets the criteria for an SDG 14 voluntary commitment, you may update the existing initiative and add it to The Ocean Conference list of commitments directly.

8. Where should we register our voluntary commitment?

The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments and the online registration form are available on the Conference website at: https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/

9. When should we register our voluntary commitment?

The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments officially opened on 15 February 2017, and registrations can now be made online. To be included in the Ocean Conference list and the report, voluntary commitments should be registered online, or announced at the Conference, by 9 June 2017. The platform will remain open for registration of voluntary commitments after the Ocean Conference. The UN Secretariat encourages voluntary commitments to be made early in the process, and will highlight registered voluntary commitments through its various outreach channels, including the Conference website and social media campaigns.

10. What part of the information that we submit will appear publicly?

The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments relies on transparency by all parties, and therefore, all information submitted in the form will be made publicly available in the registry.

11. What will happen with The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments once the Conference has concluded?

The Ocean Conference Registry of Commitments will remain open after the Conference, with all the details of voluntary commitments publicly accessible online. This will facilitate continued information sharing, creation of SDG14 partnerships, and replication and upscaling of good practice as well as ongoing analysis of SDG 14 gaps and challenges. The list of voluntary commitments will be part of the report of the Conference, which will be part of the United Nations Official Document System (ods.un.org), also publicly available.

12. We have registered our voluntary commitment in the online registration form. How long will it take before it appears in The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments?

The Secretariat of the Conference will perform an editorial review of the submission to ensure that it adheres to the established criteria (see above). If there are any missing elements, the Secretariat will contact you through email to follow up. The Secretariat aims to publish new voluntary commitments after a maximum of two working days after the registration. Please note that processing time may be longer closer to the Conference itself.

13. If we have already registered a voluntary commitment, is it possible to update it?

Yes, you can log in to your voluntary commitment and update it. Any update made before 9th of June 2017 will be included in the final Conference report.

14. Will registering a voluntary commitment now limit how that voluntary commitment may be announced at the Oceans Conference?

No. The Voluntary Commitment Registry provides the formal place to register a voluntary commitment. It is up to the Member State(s) or any stakeholder to consider how they wish the commitment to be featured at the Conference, other than on the register. The timing of registration is dependent to how a stakeholder may plan to present the commitment during the Conference. The early registration is encouraged as a demonstration effect to other stakeholders and for its inclusion in any summary voluntary commitment update during the Conference.

15. We are thinking of developing a voluntary commitment at a national/country level - where can we get further help?

  • The official Conference website (oceanconference.un.org) provides information on the criteria for a voluntary commitment.
  • The www.oceanactionhub.org provides information, resources, networks, and how to connect with other stakeholders to support the development of voluntary commitments.
  • The United Nations Resident Coordinator Offices and the UNDP Country Offices in your country can also provide information and technical support.
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