Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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

Life Below Water


The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe, are all ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. Throughout history, oceans and seas have been vital conduits for trade and transportation.

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. However, at the current time, there is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters owing to pollution and ocean acidification is having an adversarial effect on the functioning of ecosystems and biodiversity. This is also negatively impacting small scale fisheries.

Marine protected areas need to be effectively managed and well-resourced and regulations need to be put in place to reduce overfishing, marine pollution and ocean acidification.

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

Trust Fund for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution

1979 Athens Greece K gf Funds, Foundations, IGOs

Tsunami Society International

TS 1982 Honolulu HI USA D

Tunis International Centre for Environmental Technologies

CITET 1996 Tunis Tunisia G

Tunza Southeast Asia Youth Environment Network

SEAYEN Singapore Singapore F

Turtle Conservancy

TC 2009 Ojai CA USA G

Turtle Conservation Fund

TCF 2002 F f Funds, Funds

Turtle Island Restoration Network

TIRN 1997 Forest Knolls CA USA G

TUSK

1990 Gillingham UK G

TVE International

1984 London UK G

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UN Environment WCMC 2000 Cambridge UK E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

UN-OCEANS

2003 New York NY USA E gy United Nations Bodies, International Federations, IGOs

UNEP DTU Partnership

1990 Copenhagen Denmark E

UNEP Environment Fund

Nairobi Kenya K gf United Nations Bodies, Funds, IGOs

UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership

UNEP-IEMP 2011 Beijing China E

UNEP/EUROBATS Secretariat

1995 Bonn Germany E g IGOs

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi India E g UNESCO Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

UNESCO Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and Small Islands

UNESCO CSI Programme 1996 Jakarta Indonesia K g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

UNESCO International Research Network on Educational Resources

1992 Braunschweig Germany G UNESCO Bodies

Union Association pour la Participation et l'Action Régionale - Centre Méditerranéen de l'Environnement

Union APARE-CME 2013 L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue France E

Union of European Foresters

UEF 1967 Uhler Germany D v Trade and Labour Unions

United Earth Associations

UEA 1996 Merchtem Belgium N

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy United Nations Bodies, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations, Intergovernmental Communities, 160000

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F gf United Nations Bodies, Funds, IGOs

United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

Committee of Experts on TDG and GHS 1953 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Compensation Commission

UNCC 1991 Geneva Switzerland K g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNCED S gc United Nations Bodies, Conference Series, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD 1964 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea

Rotterdam Rules 2008 Vienna Austria T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea

1978 Vienna Austria T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

UNCLOS 1982 T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g United Nations Bodies, UNESCO Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Environment Programme

UN Environment 1972 Nairobi Kenya E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Foundation

UNF 1998 Washington DC USA G f United Nations Bodies, Foundations

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 Geneva Switzerland E g Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

UN-OHRLLS 2001 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

UNPFII 2000 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Programme on Youth

1981 New York NY USA K g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation

UNSCEAR 1955 Vienna Austria E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health

UNU-INWEH 1996 Hamilton ON Canada K j United Nations Bodies, Institutes

United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security

UNU-EHS 2003 Bonn Germany E j United Nations Bodies, Institutes

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Unity-and-Diversity World Council

UDC 1965 Los Angeles CA USA F

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UDHR 1948 New York NY USA T g United Nations Bodies, Treaties, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Universal Life Church

ULC 1959 Seattle WA USA N

Urban Biodiversity and Design

URBIO 2008 Mumbai India F

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