Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

Life Below Water

Goal 14 is about conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources. Healthy oceans and seas are essential to human existence and life on Earth.

The Ocean is intrinsic to our life on earth. Covering three-quarters of the Earth’s surface, contain 97 percent of the Earth’s water, and represent 99 percent of the living space on the planet by volume.

They provide key natural resources including food, medicines, biofuels and other products; help with the breakdown and removal of waste and pollution; and their coastal ecosystems act as buffers to reduce damage from storms. They also act as the planet’s greatest carbon sink.

Worryingly, marine pollution is reaching extreme levels, with over 17 million metric tons clogging the ocean in 2021, a figure set to double or triple by 2040. Plastic is the most harmful type of ocean pollution.

Currently, the ocean’s average pH is 8.1 which is about 30 per cent more acidic than in pre- industrial times. Ocean acidification threatens the survival of marine life, disrupts the food web, and undermines vital services provided by the ocean and our own food security.

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. This includes increasing funding for ocean science, intensifying conservation efforts, and urgently turning the tide on climate change to safeguard the planet’s largest ecosystem. Current efforts to protect are not yet meeting the urgent need to safeguard this vast, yet fragile, resource.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Andean Institute of Ecology and Development

Cusco Peru G j

Annual Meeting in Conservation Genetics

2015 S c

Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition

ASOC 1978 Washington DC USA F y

Antarctic Treaty

AT 1959 Buenos Aires Argentina F g

Apostleship of the Sea - Stella Maris

AOS 1922 Vatican City Vatican R

APS Europeo Istituto Pegaso

2007 Foggia Italy E j

Aquacultural Engineering Society

AES 1993 Riverview FL USA D

Aquaculture Stewardship Council

ASC 2010 Utrecht Netherlands F

Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society

AEHMS 1989 C


2002 Geneva Switzerland G

Arab Council for Childhood and Development

ACCD 1987 Cairo Egypt D y

Arab Drilling and Workover Company

ADWOC 1980 Tripoli Libya K eg

Arab Federation of Fish Producers

AFFP 1976 Tunis Tunisia D gt

Arab Fisheries Company

AFC 1978 Jeddah Saudi Arabia E eg

Arab Forum for Environment and Development

AFED 2006 Beirut Lebanon F y

Arab Foundation for Marine Environment

AFME 1995 Alexandria Egypt F f

Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development

AFESD 1968 Kuwait Kuwait F fg

Arab NGO Network for Environment and Development

1990 Cairo Egypt F

Arab Office for Youth and Environment

AOYE 1978 Cairo Egypt G

Arab Region Ecotechnie Network

AREN 2002 Aswan Egypt K

Arab Sea Ports Federation

ASPF 1976 Alexandria Egypt D g

Arab Society for Fungal Conservation

ASFC 2011 Ismailia Egypt G

Arab Youth Movement

AYM Nazareth Israel K

Arabian Aquaculture Society

Alexandria Egypt D

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alpenländer

ARGE ALP 1972 Innsbruck Austria E

Arche Noah

1990 Schiltern Austria N

Architects Regional Council Asia

ARCASIA 1979 Singapore Singapore F

Arctic Council

1996 Tromsø Norway D gy

Arctic Council Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat

IPS Tromsø Norway E

Arctic Marine Ecosystem Research Network

ARCTOS Research Network 2002 Tromsø Norway G

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

AMAP 1991 Tromsø Norway E gy

Arrangements for the Regulation of Antarctic Pelagic Whaling

1962 T g

Art Nouveau European Route

ANER 2000 Barcelona Spain F y

Art Restoration for Cultural Heritage Foundation

ARCH Foundation 1991 Salzburg Austria N f

Artists for Conservation

AFC North Vancouver BC Canada G

Artists Project Earth

APE Banbury UK G

ASEAN Agreement on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

1985 T g

ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

ACB 1999 Los Baños Philippines E

Asia and the Pacific Policy Society


Asia Cohort Consortium

ACC Tokyo Japan D

Asia Institute of Urban Environment

AIUE Fukuoka Japan J

Asia Maritime & Fisheries Universities Forum

AMFUF 2002 Busan Korea Rep F c

Asia Oceania Geosciences Society

AOGS 2003 Singapore Singapore D

Asia Offshore Association

AOA Hong Kong Hong Kong J

Asia Pacific Geoparks Network

APGN Beijing China F

Asia-Oceania Group on Earth Observations

AOGEO 2016 E g

Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability

APCEA 1996 E

Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law, Singapore

APCEL 1996 Singapore Singapore G

Asia-Pacific Environmental and Occupational Dermatology Group

APEOD 1991 Carlton VIC Australia E v

Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission

APFIC 1948 Bangkok Thailand E g