Humpback whale mother and calf, Ha'apai Islands, Tonga (c) GRID Arendal/ Glenn Edney 2015

Regional approaches

Under the 2030 Agenda, countries are responsible for implementation, follow-up and review based on their national realities, priorities, capacities and levels of development, and their national policies. The Agenda also acknowledges the importance of the regional and subregional frameworks in translating sustainable development policies into concrete action at the national level, and in the follow-up and review process.

Owing to the transboundary nature of the ocean, with fish stocks or pollution not being confined by national boundaries, and its cross-cutting role in the 2030 agenda, the regional level plays a crucial role for SDG 14 implementation. This calls for regional coordination and cooperation as a prerequisite for successful national implementation, follow-up, and review of the SDGs and their targets. In this context, the PROG advances the regional level as the most appropriate scale for countries to address challenges and take effective measures in line with the ecosystem-based approach to develop solutions in their shared marine environment.


Header Image: (c) GRID Arendal/ Glenn Edney 2015