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The ocean and its resources play an important role in human well-being and livelihoods and are critical in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet, many threats endanger the well- being of the ocean and its resources, including unsustainable fishing practices and ineffective waste management that results in marine pollution, such as plastic pollution and nutrient pollution. The deterioration of the health of the ocean and its resources caused by the cumulative impacts of human activities is further exacerbated by adverse impacts of climate change and ocean acidification.
The Sustainable Development Goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in 2015, in particular Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, provide the international community with a plan to address this important issue. Building on the momentum created by the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, held in June 2017, the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene the 2020 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development in Lisbon, from 2 to 6 June 2020, co- hosted by Kenya and Portugal. The overarching theme of the Conference will be “scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implantation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnership and solutions.”
In addition, a number of other important ocean-related processes and initiatives also exist, including the process to develop the post-2020 global biodiversity framework within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. All in all, the year 2020 will be a critical year for the health of the ocean and its resources.
To promote understanding of the science-policy nexus and enhance global awareness of ongoing efforts for the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean, seas and marine resources, Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal (NRF) calls for papers for a Special Issue on the Ocean, to be published in May 2020.
We invite articles on different aspects of issues concerning the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean, seas and marine resources at the global, regional, national and sub-regional levels. Articles to be submitted must be scientifically strong and policy-relevant. The editorial team of the NRF will give priority to articles that focus on applied research and/or case studies, in particular those relating to SDG 14 and its 10 targets.
Articles should contain original material and should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length. Contributions to the journal are accepted at the NRF manuscript submission site at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nrf
Author guidelines may be consulted at:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/14778947/homepage/ForAuthors.html
Questions and comments may be addressed to: NRFORUM@un.org