At each session, participants expressed enthusiasm about the IOEC message: faith-based communities want and need to join international efforts to craft sustainable goals for oceans based on long-term vision and ethical values.
Along with Franciscan Action Network, Franciscan International, Mining Working Group at the UN, Mercy International, Edmund Rice International, and others, IOEC helped to craft and submit a joint statement entitled, “Justice for the Ocean, Coastal Communities, and Future Generations: A Rights-based Approach to Ocean Conservation in the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Many other connections with individuals and groups were also initiated during the stimulating and inspiring UN meetings. The warm welcome to the IOEC affirmed the great potential for bringing together faith communities on behalf of ocean protection and restoration.
"Healthy Oceans and Seas: A Way Forward," co-sponsored by Palau, Italy, and the Sustainable Oceans Alliance and the Global Partnerships Forum.
"Small Island Developing States and Resiliency."
"Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals--Seventh Session."