The High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy put forward a new ocean action agenda to sustainably manage nearly 30 million sq km of their national waters by 2025.
Namely, the 14 world leaders of the Ocean Panel committed to sustainably manage 100% of the ocean area under national jurisdiction by 2025, guided by Sustainable Ocean Plans.
Building a sustainable ocean economy is one of the greatest opportunities of our time. The members of the Ocean Panel are united in our commitment to sustainably managing 100% of our national waters by 2025.
…as Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway and Ocean Panel Co-chair, noted.
Under their collaboration, the countries goal to bring a holistic approach to ocean management that balances protection, production and prosperity to nearly 30 million sq km of national waters, an area the size of Africa.
At the same time, the panel urged leaders of coastal and ocean states across the globe to join in committing to the 100% goal so that all Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) are sustainably managed by 2030.
Following the above, partners plan to develop a transformative set of recommendations in order to deliver a sustainable ocean economy that would benefit people everywhere and effectively protect the ocean.
The result is a new ocean action agenda that if achieved, could help produce as much as 6 times more food from the ocean, generate 40 times more renewable energy, lift millions of people out of poverty, and contribute one-fifth of the GHG emissions reductions needed to stay within 1.5°C.
In light of the situation, the Ocean Panel also launched the “Give It 100%” campaign to galvanize momentum around the 100% goal. Beginning December 3, Ocean Panel countries will host a series of national launch events to build global political will around their commitments.
Conclduing, the panel’s leaders are Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, Palau and Portugal.