Commonwealth ocean champions chart course for action

Champion countries leading the implementation of the Commonwealth Blue Charter gathered in Ottawa, Canada, on 27-30 March 2023 to take stock of Commonwealth ocean action over the past five years, and outline a robust plan of action for the future.

The Commonwealth Blue Charter is an agreement by 56 nations to work together to protect the ocean and promote its good governance and sustainable development. Since its launch in 2018, endorsed by Commonwealth heads of government, 16 champion countries have stepped forward to lead 10 action groups comprised of like-minded member states who work collaboratively to tackle crucial ocean issues.

The meeting aimed to review progress and key lessons learned in the implementation of the Blue Charter, in view of global ocean commitments and the Sustainable Development Goals. Participants also discussed relevant actions to take in the lead up to the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2024 in Samoa, where ocean issues are expected to be a prominent focus.

Josephine Latu-Sanft, The Commonwealth, 28 March 2023. Article.

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