Get involved Vol 23, No. 06 - June 2019

It’s time to #SaveOurOcean – take #OceanAction now!

Never before has it been so easy to follow the world’s progress toward protecting our ocean and sustainably managing its vital resources. Ahead of World Oceans Day on 8 June, UN DESA has re-launched its oceanconference.un.org website for all news and information related to Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water. On this site, you can also register your commitment or join the communities of ocean action. The time is now to #SaveOurOcean! 

The dynamic new website, launched at the UN DESA-led meeting of the Communities of Ocean Action (COAs) in Incheon, Republic of Korea, in May, will highlight the work of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean and the global partnerships and initiatives actively working to restore the health of our seas. Special attention will be paid to the COAs, which are the multi-stakeholder working groups aligned with the targets of SDG 14 launched to follow up on the 1,400 voluntary commitments to save our ocean registered during the 2017 UN Ocean Conference.

Furthermore, the site will host all of the information for the next UN Ocean Conference, which the UN General Assembly will hold in Lisbon, Portugal, from 2 to 6 June 2020, co-hosted by the governments of Kenya and Portugal, under the theme “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stock-taking, partnerships and solutions.”

Ensuring that our marine and coastal ecosystems are healthy and continue to provide the food, jobs, natural disaster protection and climate mitigation on which we depend requires efforts from governments, international organizations, businesses, civil society—and individuals. Join the UN and other groups in protecting our ocean in these ways:

  • Reduce the amount of single-serve plastics you use. Find 10 easy tips from Global Citizen on how to do this.
  • Beautify your local waterways by collecting trash along your coastline or river, or at a park.
  • Join an ocean-related event or register your own on the UN’s World Oceans Day portal – unworldoceansday.org.
  • Take the pledge and join the #CleanSeas movement here.
  • Bookmark UN DESA’s new ocean action website and stay tuned for details on the 2020 UN Ocean Conference.
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