In the context of the global management of the marine environment and its resources, sustainable development describes the right of States to develop resources subject to their obligation to protect and preserve the marine environment. The right to develop and to exploit resources is not an unchecked right. On the contrary, it is conditioned with the obligation to protect and preserve.
This concept, which can be traced back to the 70s, has developed, amplified and is used in the context of any and all activities, on land and at sea. Sustainable development underpins environmental protection and sets targets and goals for the governance of the marine environment. Importantly, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). SDG14 is our main focus. It concerns life below water. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg14
As ACOPS’ mission revolves around sustainable use of oceans and sustainable development of their resources, the concept of sustainable development is at the core of all its activities, as a leading principle accepted by all. ACOPS participated to the first UN Oceans Conference held in New York in June 2017 and plans to take part to Our Oceans Conference in Lisbon, end June 2020.