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Joint declaration on ocean and climate action

The health of the ocean, and the livelihoods and economies that depend on it, requires the world to urgently reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Achieving this goal necessitates rapid and deep and, in most cases immediate, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors beginning this decade. […]

Joint Ocean Panel Leaders Communiqué 2023

We, the members of the Ocean Panel, acknowledge that a healthy ocean is the foundation for a healthy planet, and we must take urgent and interlinked actions to address the triple planetary crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss and the significant threats they pose to ocean health and human wellbeing. A sustainable ocean […]

Norway Hosts Ocean Conference

Bergen, Norway   The Norwegian government is holding a special event on 17 April to bring the work of the Ocean Panel ‘home’ to a national audience. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre will lead a conference that places the work of the Ocean Panel into a national context in Norway. It will showcase the government’s […]

Joint Leaders Statement on Sustainable Coastal and Marine Tourism: Supporting Climate, Biodiversity and Sustainable Ocean Economies

Coastal and marine tourism represents at least 50 percent of total global tourism.1 It constitutes the largest economic sector for most small island developing states and coastal states.    Coastal and marine tourism is highly dependent on the quality of ecosystems to attract visitors—and it is extremely vulnerable to threats such as climate change and biodiversity […]

United Kingdom Joins High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Lisbon, Portugal (JUNE 29, 2022) – Today, the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) welcomes the addition of a new member, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom has announced its shared ambition to sustainably manage 100% of the ocean area under their national jurisdiction. The announcement […]

Ocean Panel Launches Sustainable Tourism Report and Accompanying Expert Perspectives

In December 2020, the Ocean Panel launched the ‘Transformations for a Sustainable Ocean Economy: A Vision for Protection, Production and Prosperity’ which included an ambitious goal for coastal and marine tourism, that by 2030 ‘Coastal and ocean-based tourism is sustainable, resilient, addresses climate change, reduces pollution, supports ecosystem regeneration and biodiversity conservation and invests in […]

Joint Statement by Ocean Panel Leaders at the United Nations Ocean Conference

The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda articulates a vision for the world we want. A world that ensures no one is left behind, where everyone has access to nutritious food, renewable energy, clean air and water, opportunities for an education and decent work. Approximately 40% of the world’s population live adjacent to the ocean and are […]

New Global Coalition, Ocean Action 2030, Forms to Support the Development and Implementation of Sustainable Ocean Plans

LONDON (December 7, 2021)—A new global coalition, Ocean Action 2030, launched today, dedicated to providing countries with technical and financial assistance to develop and implement Sustainable Ocean Plans. These plans, a core recommendation of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel), are a foundation for integrated, sustainable and inclusive ocean management that […]

The United States of America Joins the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

GLASGOW (November 2, 2021) – Today, the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) welcomes the addition of a new member, the United States of America. This announcement by the U.S.A. comes at a timely moment during COP26 and further highlights the role which the ocean and the ocean economy can play […]

High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy Leaders’ Statement at COP26

Statement by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy at COP26 Statement by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy at COP26     We, the members of the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel), recognise that the health of the ocean, and the livelihoods and economies […]

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