International Center for Environmental
Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas
International EMECS Center

SDGs

The International EMECS Center registers a voluntary commitment for implementation of Goal 14 (SDG 14) of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Developing networks on the environmental management of enclosed coastal seas(EMECS)by organizing conference with the participation of researchers, government officers, business persons, citizens, and students.

UN Ocean Conference Our ocean, our future: Partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14– was held at UN Headquarters in New York on June, 2017. This conference was the first UN conference on the issues related to the precipitous decline of the health of the oceans to support implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14-Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, which is part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
One of outcomes of the Ocean Conference was the registry of voluntary commitment. Since the Registration of Voluntary Commitment on SDG 14 had been launched on February, 2017, more than 1,300 voluntary commitments had been registered by the closing of the conference. For this conference, Japan also registered 11 voluntary commitments.

Under global consciousness of ocean problems and achieving global agenda, the International EMECS Center proclaimed the registry of a voluntary commitment for implementation of Goal 14 “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development” (SDG 14) through Pattaya Declaration at 12th International Conference on the Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS 12) in Pattaya, Thailand on 8 November 2018. The International EMECS Center registered our voluntary commitment on February, 2019.

EMECS 12 Pattaya Declaration(Excerpt)

Cooperative Stewardship for
Integrated Management Toward Resilient Coastal Sea

To show its leadership, EMECS shall voluntarily register its commitments to the UN Sustainable Development Goals on the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas, and marine resources (SDG 14).

The International EMECS Center contributes achievement of SDG 14 as our commitment, “Developing networks on the environmental management of enclosed coastal seas (EMECS)” by organizing conference with the participation of researchers, government officers, business persons, citizens, and students. (#OceanAction29103, #SDG Action29103)
We also provide data access and sharing scientific knowledge of integrated coastal management and conservation of marine and coastal ecosystem for achievement of SDG 14. (Target 14.2, 14.7, 14a)

Target

14.2
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
14.7
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
14.a
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of Developing Countries, in particular Small Island Developing States and least developed countries

Link to UN Ocean Conference page

https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/?id=29103