Protecting the Seas for Sustainable Ocean-Based Economies
The United Nations has concluded the first-ever global Ocean Conference from 5 – 9 June 2017 by highlighting the world leaders’ commitment to sustainable ocean-based economies and poverty eradication. The summit was galvanized to support political commitments for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water. More than 6000 participants representing state agencies, environmental activists, corporations, artists, and philanthropists took part in the meeting. The forum wrapped up with the adoption of a 14-point Call for Action which briefly outlines the strategies and priorities of the state agencies in the sustainable governance of blue waters. As part of the conference outcomes, the UN has developed a registry for more than 1,300 voluntary pledges from diverse actors who would like to contribute to the collective efforts in protecting the seas.