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12 Apr 2017 - Healthy oceans are critical for sustaining life, eliminating poverty and promoting prosperity. The time is now to move from words to actions to conserve and sustainably use our oceans, seas and marine resources. It is with this purpose that the Ocean Conference, the first UN conference of its kind on the issue, will take place from 5 to 9 June, presenting a unique opportunity for the world to mobilize action and deliver concrete solutions.

One of the goals of this event is to gather as many voluntary commitments as possible to help spur action towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, which aims to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

“This is a matter for all humanity. The Ocean Conference is the opportunity for all stakeholders to make their voluntary commitments to save our ocean,” said Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate.

The international community is therefore strongly encouraged to make voluntary pledges via the Conference website ahead of the event. And the call is being heard, with commitments being made by governments, NGOs, civil society, the private sector, international organizations and academia.

To date, 38 commitments have been registered focusing on a wide range of initiatives seeking to address the different targets outlined as part of SDG 14, including to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds; to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts; to effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing; and to conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas.

Among the commitments are 13 registered by the governments of Belgium, Fiji, Grenada, Indonesia, Palau and Sweden. They feature initiatives to combat marine litter, conserve and manage marine environments, to protect biodiversity and marine life and to meet targets for marine protected areas to mention a few.

CONTINUE READING HERE: https://www.un.org/development/desa/en/news/sustainable/commitments-to-save-our-ocean.html

To join the global effort to #SaveOurOcean, register your commitment here: https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments

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