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SDGs Exploring Maritime Opportunities - Commitment on Mapping the Maritime Industry's impact on the SDGs seeking opportunities for the industry to contribute
by Norwegian Shipowners Association (Private sector)
The SDGs extend beyond the realm of the public sector. They are a call for action to all societal actors, giving particular importance to the role of non-state actors, including business. The SDGs present an extraordinary opportunity for companies to align their strategies and business models with global sustainable development needs.

As a global industry, shipping has a critical role to play in meeting many of the goals, and especially regarding goal 14, and indeed is already contributing to several of the main targets.

This report explores shippings potential contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals and identifies five main opportunity areas where the shipping industry can contribute. The report takes how the industry is already contributing to achieving the goals as its point of departure, and looks forward towards emerging opportunities.

We examine how shipping can contribute to the SDGs through:
managing its own operations sustainably;
influencing and setting requirements for suppliers in the maritime industry;
enabling other industries in the ocean space to generate economic growth and work, while protecting natural resources for the future.

For SDG 14 in particular, the report identifies the following action points:
Develop and implement solutions for collecting plastic waste in the oceans
Prevent transfer of alien species across geographies
Use ships to collect ocean research data
Progress reports
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): Initial mapping of maritime sectors impact on the ocean health and insights on how to address it.
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • 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
By Dec 2018: The report is planned to be followed up by a broader study on all ocean industries.
In-kind contribution
The report is commissioned by Norwegian Shipowners Association representing more than 140 Shipowning companies and over 1.800 vessels in international trade. The report is produced in cooperation with DNV GL.
Basic information
Time-frame: 01/2017 - 12/2018
DNV GL (Private Sector)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Erik Giercksky, Director, Head of Communication, ewg@rederi.no, +4799647455
Oslo, Norway
Other SDGs
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