As caretakers of the world’s largest ocean basin, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) with Members and global partners have committed to four different partnerships for Ocean health.

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These are now registered in the UN Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments – global initiatives for collaborating partners to help implement Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water.

The United Nations Ocean Conference, to address issues effecting ocean health, is co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden. To help inspire efforts on the ground to make a wave of change, the conference is now registering a wide range of Voluntary Commitments, all of which require actions with tangible outcomes.

“We have four key areas at SPREP that are at the foundation of our Voluntary Commitments, these are key areas of our Ocean work which is cross-cutting in nature,” said Mr Kosi Latu, Director General of SPREP.

“Ocean Research to help strengthen Integrated Ocean Management, Ocean Acidification, Marine Conservation and Marine Debris and Pollution. Each of our Voluntary Commitments with our partners ensure that we all work together to bring about positive impacts in these areas.”

With reports of eight million tonnes of plastic dumped in the Ocean each year, the “Cleaner Seas for a Cleaner Pacific” Voluntary Commitment aims to reduce marine debris, achieving a clean Pacific Ocean. It enhances the partnership between UN Environment and SPREP to deliver the Global Partnership on Marine Litter and the implementation of the Cleaner Pacific 2025 Strategy for our Pacific region. [/restrict]