Sustainable Development Goals: where are we today?

© Sarah Fretwell / Nicolas De La Brosse / Fondation Tara Océan

Bringing together 193 countries in a hemicycle to define a roadmap for the future of our society and our planet seems surreal today.  Yet this is what happened in 2015 at the United Nations when ALL member states adopted the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Five years after their adoption, what progress has been made regarding the Ocean?

What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

The SDGs respond to the current development challenges of all countries and include poverty, climate, biodiversity and health. A real roadmap for nations, these 17 major goals must be achieved by 2030.

This year, on the occasion of the 75th session of the General Assembly, the United Nations is launching a Global SDG Week of Action from September 18-26. Mission: To inspire individuals and organizations alike to mobilize and remind leaders of the importance of these goals around the world. As Special observer at the UN, the Tara Foundation has joined this call by promoting the implementation of SDG n° 14 on the conservation of oceans and aquatic life.

The Tara Ocean Foundation and the SDGs

A healthy Ocean to ensure the future of our society. This is one of the watchwords of the Foundation — committed for over 10 years to advancing Objective 14 dedicated to the Ocean alongside political institutions, schools, developing countries, but also businesses. The goals set by the UN are ambitious, but not insurmountable if everyone is mobilized.

Secretary-General  Visit TARA Ship.Ban Ki Moon and Romain Troublé aboard Tara in Paris in 2015 during the COP 21 © Maéva Bardy / Tara Ocean Foundation

Since 2015, SDGs and France

In France, a national roadmap for the SDGs has been put in place. What results for the Ocean?

• The government is more committed to protecting French maritime space.

• Several projects and legislation with a positive impact on the preservation of the marine environment have been initiated. This is particularly the case with the Law for the recovery of biodiversity, nature and landscapes adopted in 2016, and more recently, the Anti-waste and circular economy law of February 2020.

• In the private sector, many associations and companies have already adopted the SDGs and are putting them into practice.

While the measures taken at the global level are moving in the right direction, the UN indicates, however, that the overall results are not yet commensurate with the targets set. However, it is urgent to seize these objectives and put them at the center of political discussions. In this time of global crisis and of decisive turning points for individuals and the planet, it is absolutely necessary to “reverse the situation and start protecting the essential”.

Find the website of the Global Week of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals here: https://act4sdgs.org/

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