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The below is a listing of all partnership initiatives and voluntary commitments where European Union and its Member States is listed as a partner or lead entity in the Partnerships for SDGs online platform
Achieve the good environmental status of EU Member States' marine waters by 2020

The EU commits to follow an ecosystem approach to achieve the good environmental status of EU Member States' marine waters by 2020, notably by working at the regional and EU level and contributing to the coordinated achievement of the targets of SDG14. The good environmental status is defined in the EU legislation - Marine Strategy Framework Directive - as the environmental status of marine waters where these provide ecologically diverse and dynamic oceans and seas which are clean, healthy and productive.

Partners
EU Member States of various European marine regions and countries which share the same marine waters, in cooperation with Regional Seas Conventions
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Additional funds to a number of SDG14 related research and innovation projects

The EU commits to allocate additional funds to a number of SDG14 related research and innovation projects, notably on the relationship between oceans and human health (EUR 2 million), removal and re-use of marine litter (EUR 26.5 million) and sea food safety (EUR 7 million). The EU will continue its ground-breaking cooperation with the USA and Canada in the North Atlantic to implement the Galway Statement on Ocean Research Cooperation and work towards an All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.

Partners
European Union
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity in the Carribean Sea Basin

The EU commits EUR 8.5 million for the launching of a call for proposals that will be focused on conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal biodiversity in the Caribbean Sea Basin. This action aims to contribute to the protection of marine and coastal biodiversity in the Caribbean Sea basin. This encompasses conservation, restoration and sustainable use of ecosystem goods and services and particularly targets natural areas that are threatened by misuse, overexploitation, pollution and climate change effects, while favouring actions in the field that directly benefit ecosystems...[more]

Partners
European Union The project has the form of a call for proposals. Projects will be implemented by NGO's active in the target area of the project.
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
CPLP (Multilateral Forum between Lusophone countries)

The three general objectives, as defined in the Community bylaws, are: political and diplomatic coordination among its members; economic, social, cultural, legal, technical and scientific cooperation; and promotion and diffusion of the Portuguese language.This partnership has a direct impact on 4 SIDS countries: Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome e Pri­ncipe and Timor-Leste

Partners
Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guiné Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé e Pí­ncipe, Timor-Leste
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Enhancing the capacity of developing countries to implement their obligations under CITES for marine species

The EU commits to support the CITES Secretariat with EUR 1 million for a programme designed to enhance the capacity of developing countries to implement their obligations under CITES for marine species and promote synergies between CITES, FAO and RFMOs.

Partners
Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Europe 2020: A Strategy for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

In 2010 the European Council approved the Europe 2020-strategy with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from the 1990 levels, having 20% of energy from renewables, and having 20% increase in energy efficiency by the year 2020.Source: Europe 2020 is the EU's growth strategy for the new decade. The Union has set five ambitious objectives - on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy - to be reached by 2020. Each Member State will adopt its own national targets in each of these areas. Concrete actions at EU and national levels will underpin the strat...[more]

Partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
European Commission and IOC/UNESCO

The EU, in cooperation with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), commits to work on accelerating Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide. In this regard, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission (DG MARE) adopted on 24/03/2017 a "Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide", which will contribute to outlining a vision and a role for MSP in implementing Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, a...[more]

Partners
European Commission IOC/UNESCO
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) / MAC (Macaronesia)

As a part of the Regional Integration Pilar of the Special Partnership between the EU and Cape Verde, the EU aims to support, through the European Union Ultra-Peripheral Regions (RUP), the integration of the Macaronesia space, with the objective of improving its structure and increase its dynamism and competitiveness, in line with the enlarged neighbourhood policy.Main areas of intervention: Renewable Energy, Biodiversity and Marine Conservation, Coastal Management and Hydraulic Resources, Tourism and other sectors.

Partners
European Union and Macaronesia Region (Açores, Madeira, Canary Islands)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
First State of the Ocean status report, delivered through EU's Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS)

The EU announced its First State of the Ocean status report, delivered through its Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) for monitoring the conditions of the oceans. The EU announced that this report will be updated annually.

Partners
European Union
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Fostering biodiversity action in the outermost regions and overseas countries and territories of EU Member States (BEST)

The EU commits to fostering action, including through the BEST initiative which promotes the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of ecosystem services including ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation in the Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories of EU Member States. These actions are supported by European Regional Development Fund programmes and Cohesion Fund, as well as by the 11th European Development Fund, where biodiversity is a priority for the Regional Indicative Programmes in Pacific, Caribbean and Indian Ocean.

Partners
European Union (Government) EU's Outermost Regions and Overseas Countries and Territories (Government) International Union for the Conservation of Nature IUCN (NGO) Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) (Partnership)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Full deployment of European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) by 2020

The EU commits to fully deploy its European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) by 2020. This network consists of more than 160 organisations assembling marine data, products and metadata which will make these fragmented resources more available to public and private users relying on quality-assured, standardised and harmonised marine data which are interoperable and free of restrictions on use.

Partners
European Union
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Improvement of regional fisheries governance in Western Africa

The EU commits EUR 15 million for the improvement of regional fisheries governance in Western Africa with the aim to develop a regional fishing policy, putting in place a regional coordination against Illegal Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing and improving fish stock management at regional level (PESCAO programme).

Partners
European Union, ECOWAS, SRFC, FCWC
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Improving Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion in Peri-urban Areas of Mzuzu City and Karonga Town in Malawi

The project is targeting Mzuzu city and Karonga town, located in the northern region of Malawi. The slum settlements in these places have poor access to health, water and sanitation. Therefore, the project is planned to result in: (i) Increased water supply and sanitation coverage leading to reduction of water borne, water related diseases and child mortality rate. (ii) Improved living condition and longevity for the residents; (iii) Improved health leading to increased productivity, economic growth and poverty reduction and (iv) strengthened local institutions capacity for improved and sustai...[more]

Partners
UN-Habitat, Center for Community Development (CCODE), Northern Region Water Board (NRWB), Mzuzu City Council (MCC), Karonga District Council (KDC), European Union (Financier)
Sustainable Development Goals
Launch of twinned marine protected areas in Europe and Africa, North America, and South America

The European Union is dedicating EUR 1 million to launch twinned marine protected areas in Europe and Africa, North America, and South America by 2017. The European Union has set up this initiative to promote cooperation between managers of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in countries and territories around the Atlantic Ocean, bringing both sides of the Atlantic together in twinning projects. It is designed to stimulate exchange and the sharing of best practice to improve the effective management of MPAs in coastal and offshore areas of the Atlantic.

Partners
European Union
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Lighthouses Initiative

IRENA has developed the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative to support the strategic deployment of renewable energy in SIDS, to bring clarity to policy makers regarding the required steps, and to enable targeted action. As a joint effort of SIDS and development partners, this framework for action will assist in transforming SIDS energy systems through the establishment of the enabling conditions for a renewable energy-based future, by moving away from developing projects in isolation to a holistic approach that considers all relevant elements spanning from policy and market frameworks, through technol...[more]

Partners
Antigua and Barbuda, Mauritius, Bahamas, Nauru, Barbados, Palau, Cabo Verde, Samoa, Comoros, São Tomé and Príncipe, Cook Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Fiji, Seychelles, Grenada, Solomon Islands, Guyana, Tonga, Kiribati, Trinidad and Tobago, Maldives, Tuvalu, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia, ENEL, New Zealand, European Union, Norway, France, SE4ALL, Germany, ...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Modernization project to update the European Fisheries Control Agency application

The EU commits EUR 420,000 (USD 470,000) for a modernization project to update the European Fisheries Control Agency application to provide EU Member States the ability for worldwide vessel tracking.

Partners
European Union
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (PACE-NETPlus)

PACE-Net Plus is a three-year project, funded by the European Commission that will strengthen bi-regional cooperation in science, technology and innovation (STI) between the Pacific region and Europe. The main objectives of PACE-Net Plus are:• Reinforcing the UE-Pacific ST&I cooperation, focusing on 3 major societal challenges in the field of health, demographic change and wellbeing; food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy; and climate action, resource use and efficiency, and raw materials.• Enhancing the cooperation on innovation issues, he...[more]

Partners
PACE-Net PLUS Consortium members: Institut de recherche pour le developpement (IRD), France Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), United-Kingdom The Australian National University (ANU), Australia CNRT Nickel and its Environment, New-Caledonia Technical Centre of Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), Netherlands Institut Louis Malarde (ILM), French Polynesia Landcare Research...[more]
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
PALOP-TL

Promote and improve dialogue and cooperation between PALOP-TL in general with a focus on certain thematic areas:Good Governance (Efficiency and transparency in Economic and social governance), Democracy, Employment and Vocational Training. Health, Promotion of Culture.This partnership has a direct impact on 4 SIDS countries: Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome e Principe and Timor-Leste.

Partners
Angola, Cape Verde, Guiné-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tomé e Príncipe, Timor-Leste (UNDP has been a major partner in the implementation of programmes)
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Preventing and significantly reducing marine litter in EU Member States' waters

The European Union (EU) commits to prevent and significantly reduce marine litter in EU Member States waters by 2020, including by establishing a Union-wide quantitative reduction headline target for marine litter. The proposal for an EU Plastic Strategy will contribute to this effort and will comprehensively address the problems caused by the leakage of plastic, including microplastics in the marine environment and is to be finalized by the end of 2017. The EU's Circular Economy Strategy will reinforce the implementation of the 3 'R's (reduce, reuse, recycle). The EU is addressing the issue o...[more]

Partners
European Union
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Promoting a structured dialogue on cruise tourism between cruise operators, ports and port cities

The EU commits to promoting a structured dialogue on cruise tourism between cruise operators, ports and port cities, in order to enhance synergies in the sector. In this regard a first Pan-European dialogue conference was organized in March 2015, followed by regional dialogues for the Mediterranean (2015) and the Baltic Sea (2016). A regional dialogue for the North Sea, the Atlantic and the Arctic will be organized in 2017.

Partners
European Union
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Protecting fisheries livelihoods in Ghana and Somalia

The EU commits approximately EUR 6 million to protect fisheries livelihoods in Ghana and Somalia. In Ghana, two projects will support co-management approaches in fisheries to ensure greater environmental sustainability and social equity in Ghana's fishery sector. In Somalia, the project will support artisanal, small-scale fisheries production, processing and trade to contribute to livelihoods, food security and improved nutrition for populations.

Partners
European Union EJF, CARE, Fair Fishing
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Series of studies on biodiversity conservation in Africa, Asia and Latin America

The EU commits to present a series of studies on biodiversity conservation in Africa, Asia and Latin America as part of the "Larger Than . " series, parts of which will contribute to the enhancement of the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. These studies will centralise and transfer scientific and research knowledge, which will be essential for the provision of strategic advice to states and non-state actors on issues which are directly related to the implementation of some SDG14 targets and other ocean related SDGs. This set of strategic documents on biodiversity conse...[more]

Partners
European Union
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Strengthening regional cooperation to support implementation of SDG 14

The European Union (EU) commits to strengthening regional cooperation to support implementation of SDG 14 in contribution to strengthened regional ocean governance in the forthcoming period. In this regard, EUR 400,000 was provided to UNEP Regional Seas Programme to deliver, in cooperation with relevant partners, a comprehensive report on the best practices of institutional cooperation and policy-interactions, guidance for policy-makers in support of implementation of ocean-related Agenda 2030.

Partners
European Union, UNEP Regional Seas Programme
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Support for management of protected areas, including MPAs, in ACP Countries

The EU commits EUR 60 million to support the management of protected areas, including Marine Protected Areas, in ACP Countries through the BIOPAMA II Biodiversity and Protected Areas in ACP Countries. From this amount, EUR 20 million is reserved to fund Ocean Related Activities. The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) aims to address threats to biodiversity in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, while reducing poverty in communities in and around protected areas. Specifically, the programme will enhance existing institutions and networks by making ...[more]

Partners
European Union The project is financed by the European Union in partnership with the Intra ACP secretariat. The implementing partners are the IUCN and GIZ
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
Support for RFMOs for strengthened governance, science, capacity building and increased compliance

The European Union (EU) commits approximately EUR 6 million in 2017 to improve governance, science and capacity building, as well as increase compliance in the 18 Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) and tuna RFMOs in which the EU participates. The EU acknowledges its responsibility to promote sustainable fisheries and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries.

Partners
European Union
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
The EU, together with its Mediterranean partners, has endorsed MedFish4Ever Declaration

The EU, together with its Mediterranean partners, has endorsed MedFish4Ever Declaration, which set out a detailed work programme for the next 10 years. In particular, the EU, as a signatory to the Declaration, commits (1) by 2020 to ensure that all key Mediterranean stocks are subject to adequate data collection and scientifically assessed on a regular basis; (2) to establish multi-annual management plans for all key fisheries; (3) to eliminate illegal fishing and to that end, ensure that, by 2020 all States have the legal framework and the necessary human and technical capabilities to meet th...[more]

Partners
European Union together with its Mediterranean partners
Action Network
Sustainable Development Goals
The Spotlight Initiative

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) are embarking on a new, global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) - the Spotlight Initiative. The Initiative is so named as it brings focused attention to this issue, moving it into the spotlight and placing it at the centre of efforts to achieve gender equality and womens empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Partners
European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN)
Sustainable Development Goals
Statements
17 Jul 2017
9 Jun 2017
5 Jun 2017
17 Mar 2016
United Nations