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SDG 14

Our Ocean, Our Legacy is the theme of this year's Our Ocean Conference, as it reflects our choices and actions to maintain the sustainability of our ocean's resources and to preserve our ocean's health. The conference will be taking place in Bali, Indonesia on 29-30 October.

Every year we celebrate World Oceans Day to remind everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. In return we owe it to the ocean to take action to protect it as best we can. The EU plays an important part in ocean activism. Three years ago, together with the High Representative Federica Mogherini, the EU set out an International Ocean Governance agenda, for the future of our oceans, proposing 50 actions for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans in Europe and around the world.

What do the European Union and the Smurfs have in common? Both identify with the colour blue, and both care deeply about the health of our blue planet. And now they are shaking hands to clean up beaches across the world and encourage people to protect our ocean!

A beautiful sunny day in Belgium saw a large crowd of people gathering on the beach at De Haan including several hundred EU colleagues with their families and friends, all for a good cause, to raise awareness around the problem of marine litter. Over 11 tonnes of garbage were collected.

«Ни одна страна не может в одиночку преуспеть в преодолении тревожных тенденций, с которыми мы сталкиваемся сегодня в наших океанах. За последние два года мы продемонстрировали, что достичь безопасного и рационального управления океанами в долгосрочной перспективе можно только с помощью дипломатии, общих правил и международного сотрудничества. Нам предстоит решить еще много задач. По этой причине ЕС продолжит проводить активную совместную политику в отношении океанов», — заявила Верховный Представитель ЕС Федерика Могерини


“No country can succeed alone in reversing the worrying trends that we face in our Oceans today. For the past two years, we have shown that we will only achieve safe and sustainably managed oceans through diplomacy, common rules and international cooperation. There are many challenges ahead. For this reason, the EU will continue to pursue strong and united ocean action.” – Federica Mogherini


Around 8 million tons of plastic enter the sea every year... mostly ending up on our beaches... Collective action is needed! Throughout the months of September and October, leading to the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, several EU Delegations worldwide were actively cleaning seashores and riverbanks together with their families, and locals and organisations who worked jointly to make our ocean a better place for marine life... These efforts have now been marked on the European Atlas of the Seas’ last “Map of the Week” for 2018!

The European Union has pledged close to EUR 300 million to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources during its participation at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia. This comes on top of the EUR 550 million in commitments made by the EU in 2017, when it hosted the conference in Malta.


A #RaceToTheTop to #BeatPlasticPollution event co-hosted by the EU and the UN Environment Programme, took place on Tuesday, 25 September, during the UN General Assembly, encouraging governments around the world to follow the EU's lead and tackle this cross-border challenge. The EU is at the forefront of the global transition towards a more circular economy, transforming how products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in a way that is positive for our environment and boosts our industry's competitiveness.


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