State of play and possible ways forward
In September 2015, the international community adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including a dedicated Ocean SDG: “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development” (SDG14). The implementation of this SDG and related targets is first and foremost the responsibility of the national authorities. States must transpose these commitments into standards and policies, establish monitoring mechanisms and provide regular reporting on actions undertaken. In light of the transboundary nature of the marine environment and interdependencies between the Agenda’s targets and goals, the implementation of the Ocean SDG will fall short of the transformative ambition of the Agenda 2030 without effective coordination at the regional level...
This report presents the findings of a scoping report on the potential contribution of regional ocean governance towards the implementation of SDG14 in the Wider Caribbean Region. Section 2 presents an overview of the Wider Caribbean Region in terms of its geopolitical context and the major ocean-related issues confronting the region. Section 3 highlights the existing legal and institutional frameworks for the conservation and sustainable use of the Caribbean Sea, including regional conventions and organizations, main projects, and stakeholders within and across the wider Caribbean.
Section 4 provides a preliminary assessment of the positions and current activities of the Caribbean States and other key stakeholders within the region on the implementation of SDG14. Section 5 focuses on priorities, needs, possible options, approaches and steps towards a regionally harmonized implementation of SDG14. Section 6 discusses possible opportunities for advancing good practice relevant for SDG14 implementation at the regional level.