United Nations
Increase ocean literacy and ocean education globally
by TheGoals.org (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
TheGoals.org is a free crowdlearning platform based on the 2030 Agenda. It provides education for sustainable development for young people and designed to work on the simplest mobile device.

Currently, TheGoals.org is being rolled out through the distribution partner network. By taking part in the course, young peoples knowledge of SDG 14 and their awareness and willingness to take action increases significantly. Through the agency of young people we aim to speed up implementation processes and support their knowledge and understanding of the challenges of our world and how they can solve them. The voluntary commitment to save our oceans from TheGoals.org therefore is to further scale up the roll out of the platform and courses with an even stronger focus on SDG14 in particular and show the connections to other goals and targets.

The course format is gamified and structured by missions. To complete a mission, users have to understand key SDG 14-related concepts and translate their understanding into concrete actions and solutions that help their local communities to develop sustainably. When a mission is completed, users will receive credits and can publish their stories and solutions for feedback and social media sharing.

Over time, better and better solutions to an increasing number of challenges will be collected at TheGoals.org and shared among a growing number of users, creating a community where members learn from and inspire each other. Courses on TheGoals.org are created using the evidence-based Crowdlearning pedagogy to engage young people in learning-by-doing. Courses are designed so that learners must get offline to examine their local communities and interact with local actors in order to finish the assignments.

The global feedback mechanism makes it possible that learners in different parts of the world understand different perspectives on similar challenges. Crowdlearning combines deep learning with large numbers of dispersed learners; through participatory online learning and a systematic exchange of local perspectives, it empowers young people and foster intercultural understanding and exchange. The method also works to connect general and global challenges and development goals to local realities, solutions and success stories.

And it is a powerful tool to turn this process on its head to feed recent local examples and success stories into the global framework, thereby giving it new dimensions of depth and applicability, as well as distribute local solutions for implementation elsewhere. All to ensure we implement and achieve the SDGs and save our ocean.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
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
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • CO2 emission reductions (energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.)
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
December 2017
500 unique mission stories from 50 countries across 5 regions different countries showcasing ocean action and SDG 14 implementation
January 2019
3000 unique missions stories and data sets from young people from 100 countries on SDG 14
June 2018
1500 unique missions stories and data sets young people from 75 countries on SDG 14
Staff / Technical expertise
Organisational set-up to promote and rollout the platform
Other, please specify
Platform development of TheGoals.org to be used globally
Basic information
Time-frame: March 2017 - January 2019
Major Group for Children and Youth, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (Non-governmental organization (NGO)), Federation for Environment Education (Non-governmental organization (NGO)), Center for Environment Education (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Hannah Stanton, Director, info@thegoals.org, 0046722042160
Malmo, Sweden
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