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

Tilapia International Foundation

TIF 1952 Utrecht Netherlands F f

Timor Aid

1998 Dili Timor-Leste G

Torremolinos Protocol of 1993 Relating to the Torremolinos International Convention for the SAfety of Fishing Vessels

SFV PROT 1993 1993 London UK T g

Toxicology Forum

TF Reston VA USA N

Trade Unions International of Transport, Fisheries and Communication

TUI Transport 1953 B t

Treaty Concerning the Regulation of Salmon Fishery in the Rhine River Basin

1995 T g

Treaty on International Commercial Terrestrial Law

1940 T g

Treaty on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Sea-bed and the Ocean Floor and in the Subsoil Thereof

1971 T g

Trees for Life International

1984 Wichita KS USA G

Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management

1996 Falls Church VA USA E g

Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting

TEMM 1999 S cg

Tripartite Environmental Education Network

TEEN Tokyo Japan F

Trocaire - Catholic Agency for World Development

1973 Kildare Ireland G v


1989 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center

1973 Turrialba Costa Rica E g

Tropical Biology Association

TBA 1990 Cambridge UK D

Trust Fund for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

UNEP/CMS Trust Fund Nairobi Kenya K fg

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

Turtle Island Restoration Network

TIRN 1997 Forest Knolls CA USA G


1990 Gillingham UK G

TVE International

1984 London G

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre

UN Environment WCMC 2000 E g


2003 New York NY USA E gy

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY F y

UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre

1990 Copenhagen E

UNEP Environment Fund

Nairobi Kenya K fg

UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership

UNEP-IEMP 2011 Beijing China E


1995 Bonn Germany E g

UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

1961 Bangkok Thailand 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

UNESCO Office for the Pacific States

1984 Apia Samoa E g

Union européenne des vétérinaires praticiens

UEVP 1970 Brussels D

Union of European Foresters

UEF 1958 Uhler Germany D v

United Earth Associations

UEA 1996 Merchtem Belgium N

United Nation World Peace Association

UNWPA 2019 Sapporo Japan G

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


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