PROG releases first report on regional delivery for the ocean SDG

The Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance has released a major new report on the role of regional ocean governance in the implementation of SDG14. The report, Partnering for a Sustainable Ocean: The Role of Regional Ocean Governance in Implementing Sustainable Development Goal 14, assesses the mandates of different regional cooperation frameworks, showcases existing regional efforts, and identifies key contributions that regional institutions and initiatives can make to the overarching challenges of the 2030 Agenda. The report shows that most of the SDG14 targets can be addressed at the regional level, with regional initiatives being a driver for the development of integrated approaches. The report concludes that regional cooperation is essential for ocean sustainability and that regional ocean governance efforts require greater support to overcome gaps and institutional weaknesses.

The report was launched on the occasion of the UN Ocean Conference (5-9 June 2017, New York) during a one day parallel event, Oceans in the 2030 Agenda: The role of Regional Governance, organized by the governments of Germany, Sweden together with the PROG partners IASS, IDDRI, TMG and UN Environment. This event brought together representatives of relevant regional and international organisations, ocean governance practitioners from States, civil society and science to discuss the role of regional cooperation through which countries and competent organisations could work together towards the harmonised and cross-sectoral implementation of SDG 14 and other ocean related SDGs. Speakers included the Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog (Sweden), UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim, State Secretary for the Environment Gunther Adler (Germany), and Klaus Töpfer, the former Federal Minister of the Environment (Germany) and founding director of the IASS.

The full report and a summary for decision makers can be downloaded here:

Partnering for a Sustainable Ocean – Report
Partnering for a Sustainable Ocean – Summary

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