Given the interconnectedness of the world’s oceans to the rest of the planetary life-support system, there cannot be the future we want without the ocean we need. Paragraphs 158 to 177 and paragraph 248 of “The Future We Want” address issues that are critical to the sustainability of the global ocean. Now, governments and stakeholders need to roll up their sleeves, and act on what has been formally agreed by all governments on the highest political level at Rio+20. The High Seas Alliance and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) have outlined the priority commitments agreed in Rio for high seas protection and provided actions to be taken to ensure the agreed commitments are met in a timely manner.
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