SDG 14 – An Ocean Opportunity

The Global Ocean Commission released today, “SDG 14: An Ocean Opportunity”, a 10 minute film in which world leaders emphasize the importance of SDG 14, the Ocean Sustainable Development Goal, which was officially adopted last weekend in New York as part of the 2030 UN Agenda Summit. 

Left to Right: Alice Tipping, Markus Knigge, Namita Khatri, Ambassador Vangelis Vitalis, Remi Parmentier, Ines de Agueda

Speaking from New York in exclusive interviews for the Global Ocean Commision, President Macky Sall from Senegal, Prime Minister John Key from New Zealand, Prime Minister Voreq Bainimarama from Fiji, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Foreign Affairs Minister Heraldo Muñoz of Chile, Development Minister Isabella Lövin from Sweden, Development Minister Annick Girardin from France, President Figueres from Costa Rica Co-chair of the Global Ocean Commmission, and former World Trade Organization Director General and Global Ocean Commissioner Pascal Lamy) all emphasize how SDG 14 adds momentum and legitimacy for Ocean action, quoting issues such as the SDG Target 14.6 on the elimination of harmful fishing subsidies by no later than 2020, Target 14.4 on the eradication of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, or the importance of Marine Protected Areas, and the linkages between climate and ocean action.

The film was presented today at a session of the WTO Forum in Geneva organized by the Global Ocean Commission, and will be shown again tomorrow in Paris at a conference organized by the France’s Institute on Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) on SDG14 implementation, and also next week at the Our Ocean conference organized by the Government of Chile in Valparaiso. Produced by the Global Ocean Commission, it will stay available on the Internet as an outreach tool to maintain and increase momentum for SDG14 implementation.