Collaborating with UNDP on SDG 14-16 synergies 

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the One Ocean Hub are collaborating to study interlinkages between SDG14 (life below water) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) to advance our understanding of the ocean governance research landscape, foster policy coherence, and maximise synergies between the SDGs. 

UNDP together with the German Institute for Development and Sustainability have developed a methodology to systematically examine interlinkages that exist between SDG 16 (governance) and other SDGs through a scoping literature review. The approach was first applied to investigate interlinkages between SDG 16, SDG 1 (poverty reduction) and SDG 10 (inequality reduction): see resulting study and short video here. They are now using the same approach to study how progress on key aspects of SDG 16 affects progress on key aspects of SDG 14. 

One Ocean Hub researchers that have been invited to collaborate in the study include:  
  • Professor Elisa Morgera (University of Strathclyde, UK) and Prof Jeremy Hills (University of South Pacific) as part of a reference group, which will review initial findings and the final study. 
  • Dr Bernadette Snow (University of Strathclyde, UK), Dr Holly Niner (University of Plymouth, UK), and Dr Alana Lancaster (University of the West Indies, Barbados) as part of the analyst group that will review papers relevant to the study, using UNDP tested coding protocol.  

The study provides a great opportunity to deepen the Hub’s own reflection on SDG synergies from an ocean research and governance perspective and its various streams of research on human rights as an essential pre-condition for justice and strong institutions (see here, here and here).  

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