The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will participate actively and pursue positive outcomes at the 5-9 June 2017 High Level United Nations Conference, which is expected to agree on a Call For Action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The Conference supports implementation of Goal 14 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform the world – part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders in 2015.
For the Caribbean Community, key outcomes in the Call for Action are expected to include commitments to; plastic bag and polystyrene bans, establishment of marine protected areas, sustainable fishing practices including community driven practices, establishment of national ocean governance policies and mechanisms, and adoption of public policies to advance sustainable ocean-based economies.
The CARICOM Secretariat, in partnership with the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the University of the West Indies (UWI), and with the Government of Belize as focal point, has convened two Side Events on behalf of CARICOM Member States.
The first, on Wednesday 7 June, will focus on Ocean Governance and SIDS Sustainable Development. This will address the Region’s concerns about the highly fragmented nature of arrangements for the management of marine ecosystems as it relates to biodiversity, fisheries, pollution and climate change. (more…)