The Ocean Conference

The Ocean Conference
The Ocean Conference

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Life on Earth depends heavily on its magnificent and complex ocean ecosystems, but the health of the marine environment is declining. In response, the United Nations will host The Ocean Conference June 5-9 in New York.

Coinciding with World Oceans Day, the conference aims to find solutions for implementing Sustainable Development Goal 14: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.

This collection of Pew’s related resources covers many issues that will be discussed at the conference, such as illegal fishing, marine protection, local ocean leadership, and international governance of the high seas.

Additional Resources

Podcast

Our Blue Planet–Protecting the Ocean

Episode 6

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Three-quarters of our planet is covered with water—and it’s this water that sustains life. But our liquid planet, home to half of the world’s known creatures and plants, is facing multiple threats, such as overfishing and commercial development. That’s why leading scientists say that 30 percent of our oceans should be protected. Host Dan LeDuc explores why this 30 percent data point is important with two people committed to safeguarding the oceans: native Hawaiian Sol Kaho’ohalahala, whose culture and livelihood depend on sustainable seas; and Matt Rand, who directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project and has been working with people like Kaho’ohalahala since 2006 to keep our oceans healthy.