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.
Oceans play a key role in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Conference “Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnering for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14” arises at a timely point.
The Ocean Action Hub aims to facilitate multistakeholders’ engagement as part of the Ocean Conference process. Bringing together governments, the UN system, intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, NGOs, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors to assess challenges and opportunities related to SDG-14.
In the run-up to the Conference, the Hub hosted online discussions on ocean issues as an input into the development of the Conference "Call for Action", and aims to facilitate co-development of solutions and voluntary commitments by multistakeholders, as well as providing a space for connecting and sharing ideas.
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.
This platform is facilitated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Governments of Sweden and Fiji.