After the initial recommendation from the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, the UN General Assembly began a process in 2010 for the global reporting and assessment of the marine environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects. Through a combined effort between hundreds of scientists and experts around the world, the report provides scientific assessment of the marine world and unites the science-policy interface, creating a basis for future assessments and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 55 chapters of the assessment address ten main themes presented in a living document for national governments, policy-makers and other stakeholders; providing a holistic overview of ocean issues and highlighting the critical importance of science-based research in future decision-making. An outstanding achievement that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlines as vitally important for leading action on a global scale in order to protect the world’s oceans.
This huge amount of knowledge on marine biodiversity will greatly help IUCN to deliver its work on improving ocean governance and management at global and regional levels, in supporting identification of important areas and defining appropriate management measures.
Click here for a link to the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment.