Fact Sheet

Recommendations to the Open-Ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS)

Oceans are currently managed through a fragmented system where national and international bodies possess separate and overlapping jurisdictions. This has created an international structure of governance that lags far behind the threats posed to marine ecosystems. Moreover, measures established by existing institutions to tackle gaps and inadequacies in ocean governance have not been broadly and effectively implemented. The UNICPOLOS preparatory meeting offers States the opportunity to advance strengthened measures for oceans governance. The Pew Environment Group has compiled a number of recommendations to bridge existing gaps and reform ocean governance in line with the themes of UNCSD.