Caribbean in Brief: an information document for Caribbean Small Island Developing States

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Caribbean in Brief: an information document for Caribbean Small Island Developing States


This brief is intended to provide general information on the upcoming United Nations Ocean Conference on scaling up ocean actions based on science and innovation for the implementation of Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14), with a view to stimulating more active, engaged participation of the Caribbean in the discussions. The United Nations Ocean Conference will be co-chaired by Kenya and Portugal, and hosted by the Government of Portugal in Lisbon, during 2021. The objective of this conference is consistent with the 2017 UN General Assembly proclamation on the Decade of Ocean Science (2021-2030) for Sustainable Development. The focused attention that is being given to ocean science is intended to mobilize the support of governments and global ocean stakeholders towards the shaping of a common framework that will most effectively harness ocean science to support countries in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Conference aims to promote science-based innovation and the mapping of sustainable development solutions through global ocean action.

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Introduction. -- I. Agenda item 1: Promoting and strengthening sustainable ocean-based economies, for SIDS and least developed countries. -- II. Agenda item 2: Addressing marine pollution. -- III. Agenda item 3: Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems. -- IV. Agenda item 4: Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification, deoxygenation and ocean warming. -- V. Agenda item 5: Making fisheries sustainable and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets. -- VI. Agenda item 6: Increasing scientific knowledge and developing research capacity and the transfer of marine technology. -- VII. Agenda item 7: Enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law, as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. -- VIII. Agenda item 8: Leveraging interlinkages between Sustainable Development Goal 14 and other Goals towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. -- Annex 1 SDG 14: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science. -- Annex 2 Caribbean SIDS membership in global and regional ocean related agreements.