Global Sustainable Development Report 201, Recent Video Video, and Chapter and Brief: The Oceans, Seas, Marine Resources and Human Well-being Nexus

By Magdalena A K Muir, Advisory Board Member, Climate; and Climate Editor

The GSDR is an intergovernmentally-mandated report on the science-policy interface for sustainable development, was presented to UN Member States at the High Level Political Forum on 30 June, 2015. The Forum is a new body expected to be tasked with monitoring the implementation of the new sustainable development agenda, anchored by 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Following the launch of the Global Sustainable Development Report 2015 Edition in June, Member State representatives, scientists and UN officials reflect on its findings and usefulness for policymakers in a newly released video.


The Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) has participated in the GSDR for 2014 and 2015. For GSDR 2015, EUCC was active with Chapter and Brief 3: The Oceans, Seas, Marine Resources and Human Well-being Nexus.

Chapter 3 is important as it demonstrate the necessity of using an integrated approach when dealing with oceans, seas, marine resources and human well being at all regions and all levels. Scientific gaps of information and knowledge for climate impacts on oceans and ocean acidification are particularly identified and highlighted.
Further Information:

UN Global Sustainable Development Report 2015:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/1758GSDR%202015%20Advance%20Unedited%20Version.pdf

Chapter 3: The Oceans, Seas, Marine Resources and Human Well-being Nexus:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/globalsdreport/2015/chapter3

Brief 3 The Oceans, Seas, Marine Resources and Human Well-being Nexus

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/1870GSDR%202015%20Briefs.pdf

Annex I: Extended version of Table 3-1: Important inter-linkages between oceans, seas, marine resources and human well-being

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/7435GSDR%202015_Chapter%203_Annex%20I_Extended%20table%203.1_220715.pdf

Extended version of Table 3-4: Selected regional and local case studies of addressing threats affecting the nexus

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/7435GSDR%202015_Chapter%203_Annex%20I_Extended%20table%203.1_050615.pdf

UN DESA News Release:  https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?page=view&nr=911&type=230&menu=2059

Global Sustainable Development Report 2014:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/globalsdreport/2014

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