In the last few decades, science has revealed the widespread deterioration of the marine environment and its resources, something long witnessed by coastal populations.
In response, we must focus on nurturing our collective capacity to tackle these challenges and mitigate their impact. We need immediate and forward-looking actions that protect the marine environment.
In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we must invest in solutions: ambitious political actions that mobilise change-makers from government, business and civil society to turn good ideas into reality.
The Our Ocean Conference is all about driving these commitments. Commitments that will reduce marine pollution, manage aquatic resources sustainably, mitigate climate change, and set up marine sanctuaries.
Since 2014, the Our Ocean Conference has brought about 250 concrete actions across the world, committing over 8.2 billion Euros (US$ 9.2 billion) and designating 9.9 million square kilometres as new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
The 2017 edition of the Our Ocean Conference – An Ocean for Life will build on these results, making further contributions to marine protection and the sustainable development of the Blue Economy across the world.
The European Union is calling in particular corporate leaders to put forward their commitments to protect and sustainably use Our Ocean, for example on sustainable seafood sourcing, reduction of marine pollution, improvements towards circular economy or funding of innovative projects.
Companies announcing the most ambitious and measurable pledges will have the opportunity to take the stage and present their activities to a global audience.
For more information, please contact: MARE-OOC-2017_BUSINESS@ec.europa.eu
The map below highlights the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Our Ocean Conference commitments. They can also be downloaded as PDFs below the map. The navigation button in the top left corner of the map provides access to the menu.
All the commitments announced at the 2017 conference will be added after the event itself.