THE WORLD’S OCEANS DRIVE GLOBAL SYSTEMS

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Oceans also absorb about 30 percent of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, and we are seeing a 26 percent rise in ocean acidification since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Marine pollution, an overwhelming majority of which comes from land-based sources, is reaching alarming levels, with an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter to be found on every square kilometre of ocean.

The SDGs aim to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean acidification. Enhancing conservation and the sustainable use of ocean-based resources through international law will also help mitigate some of the challenges facing our oceans.

 

13.1
Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
13.2
Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
13.3
Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
13.a
Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible
13.b
Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities * Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.

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Did you know that:

  • The ocean covers three quarters of the Earth’s surface and represents 99 percent of the living space on the planet by volume
 
  • The ocean absorbs about 30 percent of carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming
 
  • More than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods

 
 
 
 
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