Conference: “Implementing the Ocean SDG: from knowledge to action”, 2 October 2015, Paris

A presentation entitled “Impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on the ocean and its services” will be delivered by Jean-Pierre Gattuso, Senior Research Scientist, CNRS and Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) and Associate Researcher at IDDRI, France, as part of the session assessing the state of the ocean within a multiple stressors framework.

Objectives of the conference

Implementing the Ocean SDG will be challenging. It will require to make use of the best available scientific knowledge to target key issues and to adopt political decisions aimed at putting the Ocean on a sustainable pathway. This conference will identify how to meet these needs and highlight possible options for implementing the Ocean SDG.

High level representatives from governments, international organisations, research centres and non-governmental organisations will meet and discuss this issue, a few days following the United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda.


At the Rio+20 Conference in 2012, States agreed to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to bring together the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and environmental concerns under one global framework. In July 2014, the Open Working Group on SDGs submitted its proposed goals to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). A stand-alone Ocean SDG is included, which is to: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. A number of related targets and indicators are currently being discussed, dealing especially with reducing marine pollution, addressing the impacts of ocean acidification, and restoring fish stocks. The SDGs are due to be formally adopted by the UNGA in September 2015. In parallel, numbers of assessments of the marine environment are currently undertaken, including the World Ocean Assessment, the Transboundary Water Assessment and regional inventories.


The conference is organised by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), in partnership with the United States Embassy in France, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) and the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

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