Oceans play a key role in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The ocean covers nearly three quarters of the Earth’s surface and contributes substantially to human development, including to the provision of food security, transport, energy supply, tourism and many of the planet’s most critical ecosystem services (carbon and nutrient cycling, climate regulation, oxygen production). The market value of marine and coastal resources and industries is approximately $3 trillion per year or 5 percent of global GDP.
Yet, today it is estimated that 40 percent of our oceans are heavily affected by unsustainable practices, including over-fishing, land-based sources of pollution, habitat destruction, invasive species and climate change, particularly ocean acidification.
The Ocean Action Hub is an open, interactive website providing information and promoting action globally to implement and achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Life below Water before 2020. The Hub was initiated to facilitate multistakeholder engagement as part of the Ocean Conference process. The Hub hosted online discussions on ocean issues as an input into the development of the Conference "Call for Action", and facilitated co-development of solutions and voluntary commitments by multistakeholders, as well as providing a space for connecting and sharing ideas. Following the close of the Conference the Hub continues to be maintained as a central source for information on implementation of SDG 14.
If you are an individual concerned about the future of our Oceans – whether you are a local or global activist, a scientific expert, or a government representative – this platform was developed for you. Join the Hub to share your SDG 14-related information and resources with the Ocean community.
This platform is facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Governments of Sweden and Fiji.