United Nations-Oceans

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United Nations-Oceans

Organization type Coordination mechanism
Abbreviation UN Oceans
management Andrew Hudson United States
United StatesUnited States 
status active
Founded 2003
Upper organization United NationsU.N. United Nations

United Nations-Oceans ( UN-Oceans or UN-O ) is a coordination mechanism for a large number of organs of the United Nations , founded to improve the cooperation and coordination of all activities that affect the seas and coasts of the earth.


At the 1992 Rio de Janeiro held the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development to 178 governments agreed the United Nations on the Agenda 21 as an action plan for sustainable living in the 21st century. For the large area of ​​oceans and coasts, all of the UN bodies involved formed the Sub-Committee on Oceans and Coastal Issues (SOCA) as part of the Steering Coordination Committee (ACC). 17 of the chapters listed in Agenda 21 related to the protection of the world's oceans and the responsible use of their resources in the 21st century.

In 2001 the ACC (now United Nations System Chief Executive Board ) carried out a review of the SOCA and announced its dissolution at the end of 2001. Its tasks should be taken over by a coordination office, which should design and implement needs-based programs with the participation of all responsible organizations. In the subsequent negotiations between all parties involved, a new coordination mechanism for cooperation in the sense of a network for oceans and coasts was developed, which was finally founded in September 2003 under the title United Nations-Oceans. Annual meetings have been held since 2005. In addition to many other issues relating to the law of the sea , the economic and military use of the seas, transport issues , fishing near and far from the coast , water protection and climate change with its effects on coasts and islands are key issues .

UN Atlas of the Oceans

UN-Oceans developed the UN Atlas of the Oceans as an information system for political decision-makers and scientists. The atlas provides data on the biology and geology of the oceans that are intended to enable further exploration and exploration and sustainable use of the resources of the oceans and coasts for living space, food and raw materials.

Web links


  1. ^ Ocean & Seas.:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. In: sustainabledevelopment.un.org. Retrieved May 4, 2019 .
  2. ^ UN Oceans: About. In: unoceans.org. Retrieved May 4, 2019 .