Up to 70% of the oxygen we breathe comes from marine life.
Over 3 billion people rely on a healthy ocean to provide jobs and food.
Human actions have pushed species to the brink, and caused seas to warm, rise and become more acidic.
8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year –the equivalent of one garbage truck every minute.
Every year, 32 million metric tons of fish goes unreported, more than the weight of the entire population of the US.
We have the knowledge, power and technology to put the ocean on a path to recovery. The ocean’s power of regeneration is remarkable, if we just offer it the chance.
Who we are
The Friends of Ocean Action is a unique, informal group of 51 Ocean leaders who are fast-tracking solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the Ocean. Its members – the Friends – come from business, civil society, international organizations, science and technology.
UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden
To use our knowledge, means and influence to help the international help community take the urgent steps needed to “conserve and sustainably use our ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”
Working alongside the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy that brings the political will of 12 heads of government, our aim is to drive action and transformative, high-impact and scaleable initiatives in time for the proposed UN Ocean Conference in 2020. We have the following action tracks:
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Our aim is to drive action and showcase high-impact, transformative and scaleable initiatives in time for the proposed UN Ocean Conference in 2020. We have eight key action tracks: