The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals officially entered into force on 1 January 2016. These seventeen goals aim to end all forms of poverty, fight inequality, and tackle climate change by 2030. The UN is calling on all nations through government, industry, and civil society to enact agendas that advance progress on these goals. The goal of SDG 14: Life Below Water is to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.
Secure Fisheries is working with the United Nations and the International Peace Institute to catalyze partnerships between industry, scientists, and NGOs to meet SDG 14 targets on ensuring seafood sustainability and ending IUU fishing by 2030.
The UN is organizing The Ocean Conference in June 2017. This conference is the first of its kind, providing a unique forum for member states to adopt a “Call for Action” outlining concrete, action-oriented commitments to support the implementation of SDG 14.
In support of preparations for The Ocean Conference, Secure Fisheries co-hosted INNOVATION in PARTNERSHIPS, SDG14: Life Below Water with IPI, our parent organization the One Earth Future (OEF) Foundation, the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations, and the World Ocean Council. Multi-stakeholder conversations between member states, UN officials, civil society, and private sector representatives created new partnerships for progress on SDG 14 and the event catalyzed several recommendations for going forward:
- The Ocean Conference should establish multi-stakeholder expert working groups to matching the specific needs of member states—such as access to technology, capacity building, and funding—with the services of relevant stakeholders.
- The international community should build on and strengthen existing multi-stakeholder data-sharing initiatives to better identify gaps and avoid overlapping efforts while building trust and creating synergies between the various communities of practice.
- An expert working group that focuses on what could drive incentives for implementing SDG 14 should be established. The working group could promote peer-to-peer learning, including from countries and industry leaders that are already “racing to the top.”
- A global communication strategy should be developed to lay out an aspirational vision for the oceans, such as “naming and faming,” and emphasizing ocean success stories that support SDG 14.