World Wide Views on Oceans & Seas

The oceans and seas are in decline. Overfishing, pollution, climate change, ocean acidification, loss of biodiversity and destruction of habitats threatens the resilience of the ocean system. Although an international legal framework that covers High Seas exists (the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, UNCLOS), governance remains fragmented and inadequate. As a consequence, the UN General Assembly decided on December 23, 2015, to organize a high-level UN Conference on Oceans and Seas in June, 2017. The conference is meant to promote the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.

Partners in the World Wide Views Alliance are currently seeking to ensure that lay citizens are also included in making decisions about how to implement SDG 14. As part of those efforts, the partners are fundraising and seeking support for the implementation of a global citizen consultation, World Wide Views on Oceans and Seas. It is still to be determined when this could take place.

The WWViews method has been used successfully thrice: for WWViews on Global Warming (2009), WWViews on Biodiversity (2012) and for WWViews on Climate and Energy (2015).

Contacts

Bjørn Bedsted

Bjørn Bedsted

Deputy Director of the Danish Board of Technology and Global Coordinator of WWViews

bb@tekno.dk
+45 3078 5171

Yves Mathieu

Yves Mathieu

Co-director at Missions Publiques and Co-coordinator of World Wide Views on Oceans and Seas

Yves.mathieu@missionspubliques.com
+33 6746 46117