- Asia / Pacific
- Europe and Central Asia
- Latin America / Caribbean
- Middle East
- North America
Sectors of activity
Agricultural and Fishery, Food & Beverage, Public Procurement
Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment
Type of lead actor
To contribute to understanding of:
1. Why SDG #14 is behind other Goals in making progress and what are the obstacles;
2. How the fishing industry, consumers, NGOs, government and standards organisations can contribute to ensuring healthy and productive oceans; and
3. What are the solutions, best practices and potential collaborations that can make significant difference and overcome current challenges and barriers.
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No activities have yet been reported under this initiative
Impact and Results
The discussion started broad with participants highlighting the threats to the ocean of greatest concern to them. The amount of importance placed on climate change, overfishing and pollution differs if you are a professional or a consumer. Professionals are most concerned with climate change and overfishing, while consumers are most concerned about pollution. This was attributed to “Life Below Water” being detached from most people’s reality and recent media focus on plastics.
Progress on SDG 14 has been slow relative to other SDGs. Two-thirds of participants indicated that they could not fully explain SDG 14 to others; SDG 14 by nature is “out-of-sight”, “out-of-mind”. It is described as the “Tragedy of the Commons”.
The key learnings from this forum will shape the recommendations for the actions that should be taken to accelerate progress on SDG14. They cover four main areas: multi-country action, continued dialogue, data sharing, leadership and partnerships.
Next steps and how to get involved