Implementing the SDGs: Interview with legal expert Julien Rochette of IDDRI

Marine Ecosystems and Management, 2017.

Un entretien avec Julien Rochette, publié dans le Vol. 10, No. 5, de Marine Ecosystems and Managment (2017) et consacré à la mise en oeuvre des Objectifs de développement durable (ODD), et notamment l'ODD N°14 sur la conservation et l'exploitation durables des océans.

Extrait [en anglais] :

"MEAM: Can you name some countries that are taking strong action on SDG 14? What are some examples of what they are doing?

Rochette: All countries are already developing actions for the implementation of the Oceans SDG because most of the ten targets are not new but a restatement of existing commitments adopted under different umbrellas and agreements. For instance, Target 14.1 on the prevention and reduction of marine pollution of all kinds draws from many international and regional agreements, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Target 14.4 on restoring fish stocks to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield is inspired by the 2002 Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. Target 14.5 on the conservation of at least 10 percent of coastal and marine areas partly recalls the Aichi Target 11 adopted under the Convention on Biological Diversity. In this context, it is obvious that States have already developed instruments and activities aimed at addressing some of the SDG 14 targets. However, the adoption of the Agenda 2030, and the inclusion of a stand-alone SDG on oceans and coasts, rank the health of the marine environment among the most pressing development challenges and call the international community to step up the efforts. It includes ocean sustainability issues in a universal and indivisible agenda, and calls States to go beyond the traditional sectoral approach in the management of the ocean."

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