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SDG 14

Our ocean is under threat from the effects of climate change, over-fishing, pollution and loss of biodiversity. Our future depends on a clean and healthy ocean, where protection and sustainable use go hand in hand. Safeguarding the ocean for future generations is a shared responsibility and a matter of global urgency. The EU is at the forefront of climate action. As the 2019 worldwide #EUBeachCleanUp campaign nears the end, the EU welcomes this year’s #OurOcean conference in Oslo where it announces its commitments to protect the ocean.


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.

Nos océans sont menacés par les effets du changement climatique, la surpêche, la pollution et la perte de biodiversité. Notre avenir dépend d'océans propres et en bonne santé, dans un contexte où protection et exploitation durable vont de pair. La sauvegarde des océans pour les générations futures est une responsabilité partagée et une question qui revêt un caractère d'urgence planétaire. L'UE est à l'avant-garde de l'action pour le climat. Alors que la campagne à l'échelle mondiale #EUBeachClean Up de 2019 touche à sa fin, l'UE se félicite de la tenue de la conférence #NotreOcéan qui aura lieu à Oslo cette année, lors de laquelle elle annoncera ses engagements en faveur de la protection des océans.


A blue sky above the Belgian coast, blue EU and UN flags flying, and none other than the blue Smurfs in their homeland, a perfect setting for a gathering of around 2000 students on a mission to save the blue planet. This was just one of the first actions taking place in the margins of the #EUBeachCleanUp – a global campaign for climate, happening on or around 21 September, World Coastal Cleanup Day. This day also marks the International Day of Peace, and also happens to be the day when in New York the UN Youth Climate Summit brings together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and change-makers to showcase climate solutions and engage with global leaders on this defining issue of our time. Adolescents and youths from different walks of life…. together with international organisations and global partners… all with one goal: joining forces in this global fight… a peaceful fight… committed to combatting climate change!

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



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