May 30, 2017
Oceans and the Sustainable Development Goals: Co-Benefits, Climate Change & Social Equity
Publisher: The Nippon Foundation-UBC Nereus Program
Authors: Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, Gerald Singh, William Cheung, Yoshitaka Ota
Achieving ocean sustainability is paramount for coastal communities and marine industries, yet is also inextricably linked to much broader global sustainable development—including increased resilience to climate change and improved social equity—as envisioned by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This report highlights the co-benefits from achieving each SDG 14 target: progress towards each of the other 161 SDG targets when ocean targets are met, given ten-year lag times between ocean targets and other SDG targets. The identification of co-benefits is based on input from more than 30 scientific experts in the Nereus Program. Below we highlight notable co-benefits of achieving each target within SDG 14.