United Nations summit focus on sustainable development

The Marshall Islands ramped up its local and international work in 2017. Left: The then Minister Mike Halferty speaks on oceans at the United Nations. Below, MIMRA staff Eunice Bolero with oceans writing contest winner Kelly Lorennij.
Representatives of MIMRA joined with the Marshall Islands delegation to the United Nations Oceans Conference held June 5-9, 2017. This important international summit focused on identifying ways and means to mobilize action to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 — “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.” The UN conference included plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day. Outcomes of the event included:
  • Adoption of a “Call for Action” reconfirming commitment to the implementation of SDG 14 within the context of 2030 Agenda and resource mobilization.
  • 1,300 voluntary commitments, which included four from the Marshall Islands, that cover a wide range of topics including creation of marine protected areas, action on plastic pollution, scientific research and capacity building.
  • Key messages from partnership dialogues, which facilitated knowledge and experience sharing related to SDG 14.
The four voluntary actions registered by the Marshall Islands during the United Nations conference were:
  • Implementation of outcomes from the Marshall Islands First National Oceans Symposium.
  • Participation in the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency’s Vessel Monitoring Scheme and broader regional cooperation on fisheries management.
  • Implementation of a “Blue Fee” to fund sustainable management of coastal and marine resources in the Marshall Islands.
  • Action on marine debris and ghost gear through a conservation management measure at the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission annual meeting in December 2017.