Interconnectedness of the Goals: Goal 14 & Goal 16
Updated: Nov 4, 2018
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One of the most exciting aspects of the Global Goals is their interconnectedness. Previously, the multiple areas of development have been treated rather separately within their own categories. Now, however, we have a way to explore how social, environmental and economic development are all related to one another. This year, we are exploring how each goal and their associated targets need to see the achievement of each other in order to be fulfilled as a whole.
Goal 14 aims to conserve and sustainably make use of the oceans, seas and marine resources, and Goal 16 aims to ensure we promote peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.
The main connection between these goals is the illegal activity around fishing. According to Adam Graycar, Strategic Professor at Flinders University, the global black market for seafood is worth approximately $20 billion annually. Goal 14 requires that we, by 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices. It also requires that we, by 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new subsidies.
In order to achieve this, it is important that we achieve Target 16.5: Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms and Target 16.6: Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.
By ensuring our governments and major fishing companies are strong, accountable and transparent institutions and ensuring we have the correct measures in place to prevent illegal fishing and tackle (pun intended) corruption, our achievement of the 2020 targets associated with Goal 14 will be realised by their due date.