Goal 14 – Life Below Water
Conserving and protecting our planet’s marine life; the oceans, seas and marine resources is a global issue. The world’s ocean ecosystems are being degraded by human activity, pollution, and loss of coastal habitats. Please join the awareness initiative and visit UN.org/sdgs/ocean to learn more about conserving our oceans. Join the community. Make conserving oceans your resolve.
An agreement to create a legally-binding instrument to conserve and sustain marine biological diversity beyond their national borders was established by member States at the United Nations. A voluntary trust fund will be established to assist developing countries in taking part in the instrument. The instrument will fall under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Convention, which came into force on 16 November 1994, governs all aspects of ocean space –including the delimitation of maritime boundaries, exploitation of non-living resources, conservation and management of living resources, protection and preservation of the marine environment, marine scientific research and the settlement of relevant international disputes.
“Major assessment finds world is running out of time to sustainably manage its oceans”. Three quarters of our planet’s surface is covered by water. Our oceans are the lifeblood of our planet and humanity as they produce more than half of the atmosphere’s oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, slowing global warming. Our drinking water, the air we breathe, the foods we eat, and the products we use come from or are transported by the ocean. The ocean’s ecosystems drive the global systems that sustain humanity. The livelihoods of more than three billion people depend on marine biodiversity. Our oceans serve as the world’s largest source of protein, with more than 3 billion people depending on the oceans as their primary source of protein. The over harvesting of resources, degradation of marine habitats, and reduction in biodiversity are impacting our oceans and invariably our own sustainability.