A Super Year for Ocean Governance: A Dream Deferred?
2020 was meant to be a ‘Super Year for the Ocean’, with a series of negotiations and political processes due to take place on ocean governance, climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development. However, the disruption caused by COVID-19 has delayed many global meetings and cast uncertainty over these processes. At the same time, collective action on global governance challenges remains paramount. COVID-19 has highlighted the interconnectedness of the globe and the need for urgent, coordinated, multilateral action. As the global community reflects on past practices in light of COVID-19, it is important to consider a ‘new normal’ that better incorporates sustainability in the use and conservation of natural resources. It is crucial to look at how transformative behaviour and policy change can pre-empt future environmental catastrophes, achieve sustainable development and eradicate poverty. This will require a profound systemic shift in our current relationship with the ocean.