Back in 2015 the United Nations – with the support of all Member States – approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development. It consists of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to reach by the end of 2030. Such Goals aim at peace and prosperity for people and the planet. They represent a call to action in different areas through global partnership. The objective is to build strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality and boost economic growth. One of the main goals remain, overall, tackling climate change and working to preserve oceans and forests.
Among the 17 SDGs we can find no. 14 as “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development“. It sets out different targets to reach. For example, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution, address the impacts of ocean acidification and regulate harvesting and end overfishing. All targets, together with their indicators, are available for consultation. The UN Department runs also multiple events to address its goal. For instance, June 8th will be World Oceans Day. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the importance of the ocean and to better understand how to interact with it in a sustainable manner.
The UN allows citizens to participate and put into action their commitment. People, especially young people, are welcomed to take part into conferences and webinars, to raise their voices over discussions, and make a difference on their own.
The Millennium Oceans Prize targets SDG 14 by celebrating youth activists who are focused on enriching their communities through advancing marine and freshwater conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. It celebrates students who are passionate about conserving, protecting, and sustainably using oceans, seas, and marine water and life.
Prize winners will receive mentorship and a $5,000 prize for implementation of a concrete campaign idea to spark change and garner support in advocacy, policy, and leadership for oceans and freshwater systems. To get an idea about what to expect, you can have a look at the winners of the past edition.
Submissions should demonstrate the ability to galvanise peers and sustain active engagement for a full academic year. Although the campaigns will be time-bound, their impact should pave the way for the next series of student movements to transpire.
Here you can apply for the Millenium Oceans Prize.
Note that only undergraduate students are eligible to apply.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through May 15th with a priority deadline of April 20th (early applications strongly encouraged).