Ocean Action Hub

The Blue Economy approach is based on a vision of "improved wellbeing and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities" (UNEP 2013). As such, Blue Economy initiatives support the creation of a low-carbon, resource-efficient, socially-inclusive society. The achievement of global sustainability goals feeds local objectives, and conversely, global successes are built on effective local implementation. As such, the services, benefits and values documented by initial Blue Economy efforts were and are seen as crucial not only for local communities and coastal states, but also the world as a whole (UNEP, 2015, p.8).

The fact that oceans and seas (as well as rivers, waterways and estuaries) matter for sustainable development is undeniable. Two thirds of the earth's surface is covered by water. The oceans1 are widely accepted as the incubator of all life forms. They are a fundamental yet delicate part of the Earth's biosphere and essential to sustaining life on the planet. Oceans serve a variety of purposes, all critical to the sustenance and preservation of human life. Among other things, they provide food and minerals, generate oxygen, absorb greenhouse gases (GHG), mitigate climate change, influence weather patterns and temperatures and serve as highways for human transport and sea-borne trade (UNCTAD, 2014, p.1).

The link between humans and the oceans has been fundamental to the development of human civilisation. Today, more than 3 billion people live in close proximity to the coast. This number is bound to rise with population growth, urban drift and increasing demand for accommodation close to oceans and seas. The high level of dependence of humans on marine assets is putting unprecedented pressure on marine ecosystems to service the ever-increasing demands of the growing global population. There is therefore an increasing need for regulation on the basis of an appropriate balance between the demand for oceans' natural resources and their sustainability (UNCTAD, 2014, p.1).

Healthy oceans and seas are essential to a more sustainable future for all. This is particularly true in the case of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). However, oceans are facing significant existential ecological risks that can negatively affect the social and economic prospects of all countries, particularly SIDS and coastal States that are acutely dependent on oceans. Some of these risks are a rise in sea levels due to climate change; acidification of oceans resulting from increased emissions of carbon dioxide; overexploitation and poor management of marine resources, including fisheries; wastewater runoff; deposit of pollutants into waterways; and the compromise of the seabed as a consequence of mineral resource prospecting and extraction (UNCTAD, 2014, p.1).

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The Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) 2017 provides a global platform for leadership companies and organizations to advance the development and implementation of industry-driven solutions to ocean sus

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29/11/2017 - 08:30 to 01/12/2017 - 17:15
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20 Sep 2017 - The importance of oceans for sustainable development is of unparalleled significance to human life.

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This plan of action – for people, planet and prosperity – recognizes that...
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The UNDP and Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) report highlights key...
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17 Sept 2017 - Some entrepreneurs are striving to develop the ocean in a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable way.

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11 Sep 2017 - The Equator Prize Award Ceremony on September 17, 2017 will honour 15 outstanding indigenous and local community initiatives from 12 countries, advancing local nature-based s

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The Equator Prize, organized by the Equator Initiative partnership, hosted by the 

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17/09/2017 -
19:00 to 21:00
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5 Sep 2017 - The Cebu Provincial Board (PB) in the Philippines is calling for the continuous drive in protecting Tañon Strait against commercial fishing as Oceana reported 30 times the yie

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The City of Malmö, Sweden invites you to join us at Life Below Water, an international conference on local implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14 to be held 11–13 October 2017.
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11/10/2017 - 09:00 to 13/10/2017 - 17:00
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The Indian Ocean is the world’s third largest body of water, covering about one fifth of the world's total ocean area.

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31/08/2017 - 14:30 to 02/09/2017 - 18:00
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24 Aug 2017 - The Caribbean is heavily dependent on tourism and other marine services, industries that the Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPPC) last report indicate are expected to be heavily impacted by climate change.

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23 Aug 2017 - Portugal is next month to sign cooperation agreements with other Portuguese-language countries and with Mediterranean and North Atlantic countries on the oceans, covering applied research programmes, ocean clean-up and sustainable fishing, the minister for the sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, announced on Tuesday.

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