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.