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

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites

CEOS 1984 Saint-Hubert QC Canada E y International Federations

Committee on Environmental Policy

1994 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

Common Sense Environmental Fund

CSEF J f Funds, Funds

Common Wadden Sea Secretariat

CWSS 1987 Wilhelmshaven Germany E g IGOs

Commonland Foundation

Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Commonweal

1975 Bolinas CA USA G

Commonwealth Environmental Journalists Association

CEJA 1998 D

Community Based Impact Assessment Network for Eastern Africa

CIANEA Kampala Uganda D

Compton Foundation

1946 Redwood City CA USA G f Foundations

Confederación de Asociaciones de Heladeros Artesanos de la Comunidad Europea

1989 Longarone Italy E

Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left

1994 Brussels Belgium F

Confederation of Environmental and Development NGOs of Central Africa

1992 Douala Cameroon D

Confederation of European Environmental Engineering Societies

CEEES Montigny-le-Bretonneux France D

Conférence des ministres chargés de l'environnement des pays ayant en commun l'usage du français

Neuilly-sur-Seine France S gc Conference Series, IGOs

Conference of Baltic Oceanographers

CBO 1957 Klaip&oeda Lithuania F c Conference Series

Congo Basin Forest Partnership

CBFP 2002 F gy International Federations, IGOs

Conservation Force

Metairie LA USA F

Conservation International

CI 1987 Arlington VA USA G

Conservation Through Public Health

CTPH Entebbe Uganda J

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation

1985 Boston MA USA G f Foundations

Conservation, Research and Education Opportunities International

CREOi G

Conserve Africa Foundation

1998 London UK G f Foundations

Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education

CORE 1994 Washington DC USA N

Consortium for the Barcode of Life

CBOL 2004 Washington DC USA F y International Federations

Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities

CETAF 1996 Brussels Belgium F

Convenio Centroamericano para la Protección del Medio Ambiente

1989 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Concerning Accommodation on Board Fishing Vessels

1966 Geneva Switzerland T g ILO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Convention Concerning Fishermen's Articles of Agreement

1959 Geneva Switzerland T g ILO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Convention Concerning Fishermen's Certificates of Competency

1966 Geneva Switzerland T g ILO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Convention Concerning Fishing in the Black Sea

1959 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Concerning Fishing in the Waters of the Danube

1958 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Concerning Navigation on Lake Constance

1973 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Concerning Seafarers' Welfare at Sea and in Port

1987 Geneva Switzerland T g ILO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Convention Concerning the Compulsory Medical Examination of Children and Young Persons Employed at Sea

1921 Geneva Switzerland T g ILO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Convention Concerning the Medical Examination of Fishermen

1959 Geneva Switzerland T g ILO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Convention Concerning the Minimum Age for Admission to Employment as Fishermen

1959 Geneva Switzerland T g ILO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Convention Fixing the Minimum Age for Admission of Children to Employment at Sea, 1920

1920 Geneva Switzerland T g ILO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Convention Fixing the Minimum Age for the Admission of Children to Employment at Sea, 1936

1936 Geneva Switzerland T g ILO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Convention for Cooperation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central African Region

Abidjan convention 1981 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for Cooperation in the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Northeast Pacific

NEP 2002 Nairobi Kenya T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation and Management of the Vicuña

1979 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation of Anadromous Stocks in the North Pacific Ocean

1992 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals

CCAS 1972 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation of Salmon in the North Atlantic Ocean

1982 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna

1993 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation of the Biodiversity and the Protection of Wilderness Areas in Central America

1992 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Conservation of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Environment

Jeddah convention 1982 Jeddah Saudi Arabia T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Improvement of Sea Communications

1912 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Maintenance, Preservation and Reestablishment of Peace

1936 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Preservation of Wild Animals, Birds and Fish in Africa

1900 T g Treaties, IGOs

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