Revised Oceans Goal under Revised Zero Draft of the UN Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals

By Magdalena A K Muir

This is the revised oceans goal provided last week in the revised zero draft of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG SDGs). There have been some revisions and deletions from the prior version of the oceans goal. This version of the zero draft will be discussed by the OWG and civil society at the 13th Session of the OWG SDGs occurring at UN Headquarters in New York City from July 14th to 18th, 2014. The 13th Session webpage  will be updated during and after the meeting with documents and civil society statements.

Proposed goal 14. Conserve and promote sustainable use oceans, seas and marine resources

14.1 by 2030, prevent and control, and reduce by x% globally, marine pollution of all kinds, particularly from land-based activities

14.2 by 2020, sustainably manage, restore and protect marine ecosystems from destruction, including by strengthening their resilience, and address ocean acidification and its impacts

14.3 by 2020, effectively regulate harvesting, end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and destructive fishing practices, to restore by 2030 fish stocks at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield

14.4 by 2020, conserve at least 10% of coastal and marine areas, including through establishing effectively managed marine protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, consistent with international law and based on best available scientific information

14.5 by 2020, eliminate fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, taking into account the importance of this sector to developing countries, notably least developed countries and SIDS

14.a increase scientific knowledge, and transfer of marine technology, and develop research infrastructure and capacities to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular SIDS and LDCs

14.b by 2030 increase the economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture, tourism and provide equitable access of small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets

14.c enforce international law on territorial waters to stop illegal fishing and exploitation of marine resources in territorial waters, particularly of developing countries


Further Information on the revised Zero Draft 

Webpage for 13th Session of the OWG SDGs from July 14 to 18th, 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York City

June 30, 2014 Letter from the Chairs of OWG SDG

Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post 2015 Development Agenda (Zero Draft Revision 1)