United Nations Ocean Conference Concludes With Call for Action

New York, NY (June 9, 2017) — The United Nations Ocean Conference held June 5-9 in New York concluded with nearly 1300 Voluntary Commitments made by governments to stop IUU fishing and support sustainable fisheries and rebounding populations. To implement Sustainable Development Goal 14, governments and private stakeholders agreed to the joint declaration “Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action.” The document will be formally adopted as a UN General Assembly Resolution later in 2017 and aims to end IUU fishing by enhancing sustainable fisheries management, ending destructive fishing practices, advancing the development of interoperable catch documentation schemes and the traceability of fish products, supporting small-scale and artisanal fishers in developing countries, and prohibiting or eliminating certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing.  The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 “Global Goals” passed by 193 United Nations Member States in September 2015 as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.