Our oceans sustain all life on Earth – now they need us to protect them.


We, the undersigned, are calling upon all governments and leaders to act together to create a network of ocean sanctuaries across our blue planet, encompassing at least 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030 as recommended by scientific advice. Together with people around the world, we will give the incredible marine life a voice that is heard by those in power to protect them.

To achieve this ambitious vision, the international community needs a new treaty. The ongoing negotiations towards a Global Ocean Treaty under the UN are a historic opportunity to shape the future of the oceans. We support a strong Global Ocean Treaty that will: 

  1. Empower state parties, working collectively via a Conference of Parties, to establish and effectively implement ocean sanctuaries in the global oceans
  2. Give the Conference of Parties the power to adopt concrete measures to effectively protect these sanctuaries, thus avoiding the creation of “paper parks” or lines on a map, which are only protected on paper
  3. Have an effective decision-making process that will not allow single states to block or delay decisions, while allowing for an inclusive and time-bound consultation process 

From climate change to plastics, deep sea mining and overfishing, the cumulative threats facing our oceans are growing bigger and more urgent day by day. Now we have a chance to turn things around. To halt biodiversity loss, ensure food security for billions of people and safeguard natural carbon sinks from further degradation, governments must act with no delay and adopt a strong Global Ocean Treaty with the power to create a network of fully protected ocean sanctuaries across the world’s oceans. 

We strive to do what is within our power to ensure that our global oceans get the protection they urgently need. 

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OCEAN PROTECTORS

Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem

‘Whatever happens during this conference will have a deep impact on the life of our oceans and on the future of humankind. Delegates must know that the world is watching as they negotiate towards a Global Oceans Treaty. We just can’t afford to get it wrong.’

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley

‘Our seas are in deep, deep trouble. They house an extraordinarily diverse eco-system of marine life, and are crucial to the well being of land-based ecosystems. And as of this moment, they may as well be the Wild West for corporations and governments to pillage as they please.’

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson

‘What we do know is that life on Earth depends on healthy oceans. Our fate and the fate of our seas are intimately and inextricably connected. Ocean sanctuaries would provide protection for wildlife populations and ecosystems, allowing them to recover and thrive.’

Professor Gretchen Fraü-Green

Professor Gretchen Fraü-Green

‘We need a far greater public debate about whether we can collectively accept the harm to our oceans that deep sea mining would entail – including the potential loss of discoveries yet to be made. Today, there is very little standing between the natural wonders of the deep ocean and the mining industry.’

LIST OF OCEAN PROTECTORS

By expressing their support in this way, politicians, scientists, companies, artists, celebrities, organisations, cultural leaders, indigenous communities, faith leaders, civil society and youth leaders are joining over 2 million individuals who are calling for world leaders to push for a strong outcome at the UN treaty negotiations.

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30×30 report

A result of a major scientific study and collaboration with leading academics from the University of York, University of Oxford and Greenpeace. It maps out what protecting a third of the world’s oceans by 2030 could look like.

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Pole to Pole expedition

A year-long ship tour sailing the entire Atlantic from the North to the South, highlighting the wonders in our global oceans and the threats they are facing. Greenpeace ships are visiting many of the areas identified as in need of protection.

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Why we need a Global Ocean Treaty

The global oceans are rich and diverse natural environments. They provide critical support for our whole planet and play an important role in slowing climate change. The science is clear that we need a network of ocean sanctuaries. Our fate and the fate of the oceans are intimately connected.

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