A gathering in New York on 15 February of nonprofit organizations and representatives of member-states of the United Nations sought to identify the best path forward to achieve the U.N.’s Ocean Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

The U.N. SDG calls for the international community to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.”

The preparatory meeting is taking place through Thursday, 16 February, with participants including the High Seas Alliance, Ocean Unite and Global Ocean Trust. The formal, high-level conference on the SDG is scheduled for 5 June, 2017.

“We need to see tough commitments and accountability to turn the health of the ocean around. That means real and measurable commitments, for example, to strongly protect over 30 percent of the ocean through the establishment of marine protected areas by 2030,” Ocean Unite Managing Director Karen Sack said in a press release.


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