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

UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership

UNEP-IEMP 2011 Beijing China E

UNEP/EUROBATS Secretariat

1995 Bonn Germany E g

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi India E g

UNESCO Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and Small Islands

UNESCO CSI Programme 1996 Jakarta Indonesia K g

UNESCO International Research Network on Educational Resources

1992 Braunschweig Germany G

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 européenne des vétérinaires praticiens

UEVP 1970 Brussels Belgium D

Union of European Foresters

UEF 1958 Uhler Germany D v

United Earth Associations

UEA 1996 Merchtem Belgium N

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy

United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business

UN/CEFACT 1997 Geneva Switzerland E gt

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F fg

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 Compensation Commission

UNCC 1991 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNCED S cg

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD 1964 Geneva Switzerland E g

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 Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea

1978 Vienna Austria T g

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

UNCLOS 1982 T g

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP 1972 Nairobi Kenya E g

United Nations Foundation

UNF 1998 New York NY USA F f

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva Switzerland E g

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 Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

UNPFII 2000 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation

UNSCEAR 1955 Vienna Austria E g

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health

UNU-INWEH 1996 Hamilton ON Canada K j

United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security

UNU-EHS 2003 Bonn Germany E j

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g

United Nations World Peace Association

UNWPA 2019 Sapporo Japan G

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

Universal Life Church

ULC 1959 Seattle WA USA N

Universala Medicina Esperanto-Asocio

UMEA 1908 Trier Germany C v

Urban Biodiversity and Design

URBIO 2008 F

Urban Environmental Accords

UEA 2012 Gwangju Korea Rep F

UWC Red Cross Nordic

RCNUWC 1995 Flekke Norway G

UWI Centre for Environment and Development, Mona

UWICED Kingston Jamaica K

Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection

1930 Leiden Netherlands G f

Varkey Foundation

London UK N f

Vegan Society

1944 Hockley UK N

Village Earth

1993 Fort Collins CO USA G

VITA

1982 Oklahoma City OK USA N

Volta Basin Authority

VBA Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F g

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