15 February 2017 - In February 2017, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and TMG–Think Tank for Sustainability published a joint policy brief titled ‘Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal for the Oceans.’ The brief aims to inform discussions at the preparatory meeting for the UN Ocean Conference, which is taking place in New York, US, from 15-16 February.
The brief sets out three concrete steps towards an implementation framework for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (life below water) and other ocean-related SDGs. The recommended steps are to: develop a registry of ocean commitments; establish regional partnerships for sustainable oceans; and prepare a global thematic review for the oceans.
On the first day of the preparatory meeting for the Ocean Conference, government and stakeholder participants exchanged views on the proposed themes for seven partnership dialogues that will take place during the Conference in June 2017. They also began a discussion of potential elements for the call for action, which will be the political outcome of the Conference.
In an article for the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Forum 2017 published on 19 January, UNGA President Peter Thomson outlines the evolution of Goal 14 and the purpose of the Ocean Conference. He writes that key to its authority is a “firm foundation in the best scientific information available,” and that the UN system has been hard at work preparing these foundations. Thomson also notes his hope that the Conference will yield “a broad portfolio of partnerships, commitments and measures to be put into action.”
An article on the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Global Business Network platform published on 26 January anticipates that the private sector will be “important contributors to the partnerships and innovations needed to collectively advance action for achieving SDG 14.” It highlights in particular the need for voices of the private sector from SIDS, describing such businesses as active on the ground in advancing national-level goals related to the ocean and sustainable development.
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