Voluntary Commitments


Voluntary commitments are one of the core elements of The Ocean Conference, aiming to accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 and its seven targets. Any action taken towards sustainable oceans, seas and marine resources since the inception of Agenda 2030 can be registered at
https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/.

Commitment announcements are also welcome at the Our Ocean Conference in Malta hosted by EU on 5-6 October 2017.


 

HELCOM voluntary Commitments


 

Designation and enhancement of implementation of the Baltic Sea as NOx Emission Control Area for ships and public-private partnership

HELCOM countries have committed to cutting 80% of NOx emissions from ships operating in the Baltic Sea in order to combat the problem of eutrophication in the region. HELCOM together with its partners will promote the green shipping technology and use of alternative fuels to further reduce harmful exhaust gas emissions and greenhouse gases from ships.

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Strengthening the implementation of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan to support ocean-related SDGs

The HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan is an ambitious programme to restore the good ecological status of the marine environment by 2021, adopted in HELCOM in 2007. The commitment is to strengthen the implementation of the Baltic Sea Action Plan, based on the ecosystem approach, to fulfil the 2030 Agenda in the Baltic Sea.

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Identification of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSA) in the Baltic Sea

The commitment is to identify Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSA) in the Baltic Sea. A regional workshop will be organized in 2018 for this purpose.

The EBSAs are expected to contribute to fulfilling the regional goal of drawing up and applying maritime spatial plans throughout the Baltic Sea region which are coherent across borders and apply the ecosystem approach.

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Regional Seas Programme for ocean-related SDGs

UN Environment established the Regional Seas Programme in 1974 to address the accelerating marine pollution through the cooperation of neighbouring countries sharing common bodies of water. Currently, 18 regions participate in the Programme, of which 14 Regional Seas programmes are underpinned by legally binding conventions.

As a response to the Agenda 2030 for the Sustainable Development, the Regional Seas Programme aims to assist Member States in achieving the ocean-related SDGs by coordinating national actions at the regional level.

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Voluntary commitments by HELCOM Contracting Parties


 

A number of HELCOM Contracting Parties have made voluntary commitments related to the Baltic Sea.

Denmark

The Danish commitments will contribute to implementing:

European Union

The European Union commitments will contribute to implementing:

Estonia

The Estonian commitments will contribute to implementing:

Finland

The Finnish commitment will contribute to implementing:

Germany

The German commitments will contribute to implementing:

  • HELCOM Ministerial Declaration 2013: 9(M) and 10(M)on promoting the use of green technologies and alternative fuels by ships and the enforcement of the more stringent limits for SOx emissions from ships

Russia

The Russian commitment will contribute to implementing:

  • HELCOM Recommendation 28E/5 "Municipal wastewater treatment"
  • HELCOM Ministerial Declaration 2013: 9(M) on promoting the use of green technologies and alternative fuels by ships

Sweden

The Swedish commitments will contribute to implementing: