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 by 2020 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

Name Affiliation / Position / Profession Country/region
Nilüfer Oral UN International Law Commission Member Turkey
Sirpa Pietikäinen Member of European Parliament (EPP) Finland
Ville Niinistö Member of European Parliament (Greens) Finland
Molly Scott-Cato Member of European Parliment (Green Party) UK
Moi Enomenga Ambassador of the Waorani People Ecuador
Lars Haltbrekken MP in Norway, environmental spokesperson, socialist party Norway
Une Bastholm MP in Norway, leader of the green party Norway
Alison Steadman Actor UK
Alison Sudol Actor, Music UK
Alt J Music UK
Anya Hindmarch Fashion Designer UK
Bella Ramsey Actor UK
Bonnie Wright Director, Activist UK
Chris Packham Broadcaster UK
Clara Paget Actor, Model, Activist UK
Colin Dack Model UK
David de Rothschild Explorer, Ecologist UK
David Gandy Model UK
David Gyasi Actor, Activist UK
Fearne Cotton Broadcaster UK
Gemma Chan Actor, Activist UK
Gillian Anderson Actor UK
Hayley Atwell Actor UK
Helen Mirren Actor UK
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Broadcaster, Chef UK
Joanna Lumley Actor UK
Josh Parkinson DJ UK
Keeley Hawes Actor UK
Lily Cole Actor, Model, Entrepreneur UK
Mark Rylance Actor UK
Michael Palin Actor, Broadcaster UK
Oliver Cheshire Model, Eco-Entrepreneur UK
Ralph Fiennes Actor UK
Robert Lindsay Actor UK
Saoirse-Monica Jackson Actor UK
Simon Pegg Actor UK
Sindhu Vee Comedian UK
Sir Ranulph Fiennes Explorer UK
Stephen Fry Actor, Comedian, Writer UK
Terry Gilliam Film Director UK
Thom Yorke Music UK
Vanessa Redgrave Actor UK
Vivienne Westwood Fashion Designer UK
Marvin Lilley Professor Emeritus, University of Washington, USA US
Gretchen Früh-Green Professor, ETH Zurich, Switzerland Switzerland
Amanda du Pont Actress South Africa
Arnór Dan Musican Iceland
Beatrice Eli Musican Sweden
Dame Helen Mirren Actor UK
Derusha Naidoo Motivational Speaker South Africa
Ella Marie Musican Norway
Freddie Meadows Surfer Sweden
Goldfish Musician South Africa
Greg Bertish Adventurer/philanthropist South Africa
Javier Bardem Actor Spain
Li Yifeng Actor China Mainland
Luke Rudman Performance artist South Africa
Mammút Musican Iceland
Nicole Eddy Surfer South Africa
Tim Latte Surfer Sweden
Shailene Woodley Actor US
Pedro Alonso Actor Spain
Manolo Caro Film director Mexico
Miguel Ángel Poveda Singer Spain
Gorka Otxoa Actor Spain
Adriana Ugarte Actress Spain
Fernando Guallar Yébenes Actor Spain
Miguel Ángel Silvestre Actor Spain
Unax Ugalde Gutiérrez Actor Spain
Inma cuesta Actress Spain
Alejo stiven Musicien Spain
Silvia Pérez Cruz Singer Spain
Alberto Ammann Rey Actor Spain
Jon Kortajarena Model Spain
Gustavo García Salmeron Actor Spain
Daisuke Yosumi Former music producer Japan
Belçim Bilgin Actress Turkey
Giovanna Lancellotti Actress Brazil
Erika Januza Actress Brazil
Giulia Costa Actress Brazil
Rafael Zulu Actor Brazil
Felipe Roque Actor Brazil
Flavia Lucini Model Brazil
Yumi Komori Fashion brand CEO Japan
Miho Matsuura Hair salon owner Japan
Ayumi Ueda (Women of the World) Singer Japan
Akemi ISHII Ethical fashion Japan
Alex Derycz Model / Vegan influencer Japan
Cherry Caligrapher / Writer Japan
Alisa Evans Model / Ethical coordinator Japan
Lillian Ono Model Japan
Fuyuki Fujihara Diver Japan
Lorenzo Álvarez Filip Researcher at National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico
Dr Bethan O'Leary Research Associate, University of York UK
Seline Trevisanut Professor, Utrecht University Law Scool Netherlands
Tiina Elo Member of Parliament (The Green League) Finland
Eva Biaudet Member of Parliament (Swedish People's Party in Finland) Finland
Eduardo Sacheri Writer Argentina
Joaquin Furriel Actor Argentina
Pablo Martin Chef Argentina
Marion Cotillard Actor France
Meng Zhou Scientist China Mainland
Dolunay Özbek Scientist Turkey
Xinzheng Li Scientist China Mainland
Jinxian Yao Scientist China Mainland
Greg Pittard Business Leader – Icebox UK
Li Zhang Scientist China Mainland
Michal Nachmany Scientist UK
Zhinong Xi Artist China Mainland
Mai Kivelä Member of Parliament (Left Alliance) Finland
Sedat Gündoğdu Scientist Turkey
Giorgia Singer Italy
Adriano Giannini Actor Italy
Nic Balthazar Artist Belgium
Jan Haelters Scientist Belgium
Edwin Zaccaï Scientist Belgium
Jan Mees Scientist Belgium
Lilian Greenwood Politician UK
Sylvie Guillaume Politician France
Francesca Van Thielen TV presenter/documentary maker Belgium
Marc De Bel Writer Belgium
Greet Daems Politician Belgium
Thierry Warmoes Politician Belgium
Ludwig Triest Scientist Belgium
Helmut Scholz Politician Germany
Jutta Paulus Politician Germany
István Ujhelyi Politician Hungary
Marie Toussaint Politician France
Manon Aubry Politician France
Manuel Bompard Politician France
Petros Kokkalis Politician Greece
Grace O'Sullivan Politician Ireland
Liam Sinclair Politician Ireland
Henrike Hahn Politician Germany
Peter Kavanagh Politician Ireland
Alastair McKinstry Scientist Ireland
Louise Heavin Politician Ireland
Martin Hojsik Politician – Member of European Parliament (Renew Europe) Slovakia
Francisco Guerreiro Politician Portugal
Rasmus Andresen Politician Germany
Margrete Auken Politician Denmark
Eleonora Evi Politician Italy
Saša Novsk Politician Ireland
Maria Dollard Politician Ireland
Alan O’Connor Politician Ireland
Clare O'Byrne Politician Ireland
Frederike-Sophie Gronde-Brunner Politician Germany
Marianne Butler Politician Ireland
Daniel Dunne Politician Ireland
Caroline Conroy Politician Ireland
Joe O'Brien Politician Ireland
Roderic O'Gorman Politician Ireland
Ignace Schops Civil society leader Belgium
Peter Hamilton Politician Ireland
Maria Walsh Politician Ireland
Ernest Urtasun Politician Spain
Corina Crețu Politician Romania
Nikolaj Villumsen Politician Denmark
Alviina Alametsä Politician Finland
Soraya Rodríguez Ramos Politician Spain
Alice Kuhnke Politician Sweden
Jakop Dalunde Politician Sweden
Pär Holmgren Politician Sweden
Maria da Graça Carvalho Politician Portugal
Tiemo Wölken Politician Germany
Nora Mebarek Politician France
César Luena Politician Spain
Monika Vana Politician Austria
Tudor Ciuhodaru Politician Romania
Koen Vanmechelen Artist Belgium
Marc Tarabella Politician Belgium
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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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