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The Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance (PROG) is pleased to announce the release of Partnering for a Sustainable Ocean: The Role of Regional Ocean Governance in Implementing Sustainable Development Goal 14This major new report assesses the mandates of different regional cooperation frameworks, showcases existing regional efforts, and identifies key contributions that regional institutions and initiatives can make to the implementation of SDG14 and the overarching challenges of the 2030 Agenda. 

The report shows that most of the SDG14 targets can be addressed at the regional level, with regional initiatives being a driver for the development of integrated approaches. The report concludes that regional cooperation is essential for ocean sustainability and that regional ocean governance efforts require greater support to overcome gaps and institutional weaknesses.

 ​The full report and a summary for decision makers can be downloaded here:

The report will be launched on the occasion of the UN Ocean Conference (5-9 June 2017, New York) during a one day parallel event, Oceans in the 2030 Agenda: The role of Regional Governance (6 June 2017 at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN), organised by the governments of Germany, Sweden together with the PROG partners. This event will bring together representatives of relevant regional and international organisations, ocean governance practitioners from States, civil society and science to discuss the role of regional cooperation in implementing SDG14. Confirmed speakers include the Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog (Sweden), UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim, State Secretary for the Environment Gunther Adler (Germany), and the former Federal Minister of the Environment (Germany) and founding director of the IASS, Klaus Töpfer.

The PROG is an initiative of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), TMG-Think Tank for Sustainability and UN Environment. For more information, see: prog-ocean.org.

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