Sea Scotland 2020: Ocean-Based Solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals
The Sea Scotland 2020 conference will be a two-day event on 8th-9th June, in part celebrating World Ocean’s Day on the 8th, and contributing to 2020, a dynamic year and start of a decade of ocean-focused themes and actions:
· Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters
· UN World Oceans Day, 8th June 2020
· UN’s 2020 Ocean Conference in Lisbon, 5-9 June 2020
· 2020 UN Climate Change Conference – UNFCCC COP 26 (Glasgow, 9th November 2020)
· UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021 – 2030)
· UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030)
The oceans play critical roles in addressing the SDGs, most acutely in the context of the Global Climate Emergency. Oceans underpin most of the 17 SDGs, which together are driving critical progress on: fisheries management, marine protected areas (MPAs), control of plastic pollution, and the need to consider ocean issues across broad policy areas including environmental, human rights, climate change and trade and investment. However, our oceans remain under threat. In 2019 the IPCC 1.5°C report, the UK Marine Strategy, the IPBES Report and the IPCC SROCC report all underline the need for immediate concerted action to address human impact on our seas. New global biodiversity targets will be developed under the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2020 which are also crucial to drive progress in this area.
Transformative change is needed in how we use and manage our ocean to ensure that ecosystems both thrive and support society, while achieving the SDGs and a sustainable future in the face of climate change. Focusing on the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda, Sea Scotland 2020 will consider the role of the oceans in the delivery of the SDGs in Scotland. As one of the first countries to sign up to the SDGs in 2015, Scottish Government is working towards implementing the SDG targets across their activities, not least by integrating them with its National Performance Framework, and synergistic collaborations with multi-sector stakeholders partners across the UK and globally.
The primary goals for Sea Scotland 2020 are:
To explore and promote opportunities for ocean-based solutions to meet the SDGs including focus on synergies which contribute to multiple targets;
For Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters 2020, promote the ecological, social and economic importance of Scotland’s seas and its natural ecosystems.
Join us for this milestone Sea Scotland year and be part of making 2020 a decade of ocean recovery and resilience for Scotland’s seas and beyond.