The Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) and the Global Ocean Forum Request your Support for a Global Ocean Goal

This is a joint message from the  Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) and the Global Oceans Forum, who have been collaborating on a Global Oceans Goal at the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

Oceans are essential to all three pillars of sustainable development—environment, economy, and society. The oceans are the most prominent feature on the planet, covering nearly 3/4 of the Earth, and play a critical role in major global processes.  Regulating the water, nitrogen, and carbon cycles, the oceans provide ecosystem services that support life on Earth.  People around the world depend on the oceans and seas as a means for livelihoods, food security, global trade and telecommunications, energy production, and recreation and spiritual renewal.  Caring about the well-being of the oceans and of coastal and island communities and exercising ocean stewardship is thus a global imperative.

While Oceans featured prominently in the Rio+20 outcome in The Future We Want, it is now that crucial decisions on what set of global sustainable development goals (SDGs) will guide and finance sustainable development practices at global, regional, and national levels, to 2030.  This is taking place in the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (see http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/owg.html).

It is essential that a stand-alone SDG on Oceans and Seas be part of the package of 10 or so central global goals.  The Global Ocean Forum has articulated the imperative of an SDG on oceans (see the GOF proposal at: http://globaloceanforumdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/gof-proposal-for-sdg-on-oceans-and-seas-february-14-2014.pdf), and at present a significant number of nations (currently 100) and members of civil society are supporting strong action on oceans (for a review of member states statements related to oceans in the SDG process, see https://globaloceanforumdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/gof-ocean-sdg-member-statements-june-8-2014.pdf).

It is important to mobilize further support among all parts of the global ocean community—governments, international agencies, NGOs, industry, academia, on behalf of a stand-alone Sustainable Development Goal on Oceans and Seas, at this crucial point in time, and before the next meeting of the UN Open Working Group on June 16-20, 2014.

We invite you to express your support for an oceans SDG, either as an organization or as an individual (as appropriate).  Please send an email, by June 13, 2014, to Dr. Miriam Balgos (mbalgos@udel.edu), GOF Program Coordinator, noting that you support an oceans SDG, and providing your name, position, organization, and contact details.

Thank you for acting on behalf of oceans on World Oceans Day.

Biliana Cicin-Sain
President, Global Ocean Forum
Dr. Biliana Cicin-Sain
Director, Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy
School of Marine Science and Policy
College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
University of Delaware

President, Global Ocean Forum
Address:
301 Robinson Hall
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware 19716 USA
Tel: 1-302-831-8086
Fax: 1-302-831-3668
E-mail: bcs@udel.edu
Internet:
Global Ocean Forum http://www.globaloceanforum.com

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