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Abyssal initiative for Blue Growth: Advancing SDG 14 and the quest for a Blue Economy through the promotion of socio-economic benefits for developing countries, including SIDS, and increasing scientific knowledge and research capacity: perspectives on de
by International Seabed Authority(ISA) and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) (United Nations entity)
Promoting the Blue Economy concept as a means to enable SIDS to benefit fully from sustainable development of their deep-sea mineral resources.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
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
2017 - 2018
Holding of a series of capacity building meetings/summits/workshops on Blue Economy in the Pacific, during the period 2017 - 2018 to further explore and highlight the potential contribution of the deep-sea mining industry to support national and regional development priorities, with the view to ISA-UNDESA partnering with Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) to promote an ongoing capacity building initiative for PSIDS.
Other, please specify
Resources from UNDESA to be complimented by voluntary contributions from other partners.
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 - 2018
(i) International Seabed Authority - ISA (Intergovernmental organization) (ii) United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs - UNDESA (United Nations) (iii) ISA Contractors (iv) SPC Geo-Science Division Secretariat of the Pacific Community (v) Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme - SPREP (Intergovernmental Organization) (vi) Pacific Island Development Forum - PIDF
Ocean Basins
  • North Pacific
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Marshall Islands
Solomon Islands
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Sainivalati Navoti (Mr.), Chief of the SIDS Unit, Sai.navoti@un.org, +1 (917)367 2708
UNHQ, New York
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