GEO Advances Priority Efforts at Workshop on the Role of the Ocean for SDGs in the Caribbean & SIDS

9 February 2018

In support of its work on the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) participated in a recent workshop on Implementing and Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Caribbean: The Role of the Ocean, held in Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines in January 2018.

This workshop facilitated a dialogue between the governments and people of the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on efforts to monitor progress on the SDGs across the region. A key element of the discussion was the implementation of the Blue Economy, which seeks to establish sustainable use of marine resources as a component of SIDS economies, in line with the targets of the SDGs. As a result of the workship, several Caribbean SIDS expressed interest in joining GEO.

Oceans and the SDGs

In islands and coastal countries, the challenges in achieving the SDGs are closely linked to oceans and the use of marine resources. The health of our oceans is closely tied to climate change, coastal and urban development, resource use, biodiversity and ecosystem health, disaster risk, food security and more. The GEO Initiative Oceans and Society: Blue Planet is supporting SDG 14 (Life below Water) to ensure the sustained development and use of ocean and coastal observations, and their integration into the SDG monitoring process.  SDG 14 was also the subject of a Side Event Session at the recent GEO Plenary. Representatives from many of the global entities monitoring the state of the world’s oceans came together to discuss work on improving coordination and coherence of SDG Goal related ocean monitoring (watch recording of event here).

Earth Observations for the SDGs

Earth observations and derived information play a crucial role in the monitoring of progress towards achieving many of the SDGs, including SDG 14. As part of its engagement priority to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, GEO is helping nations and stakeholders make informed decisions, plans, and on-going adjustments to their SDG monitoring and reporting by advocating open data and promoting the role Earth Observations in assessing the state of and changes in the atmosphere, oceans, coasts, rivers, soil, forests, ecosystem health and biodiversity, natural resources, and other areas of the environment.

More information

For more information, please contact:

Douglas Cripe
Work Programme Coordinator, GEO Secretariat



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