We Are The

OCEANS

Sustainability starts with you.

Oceans cover 71 percent of the planet and are home to important species and ecosystems that we rely on for food, livelihoods, climate regulation and more. But the oceans need our help. Saving the oceans can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task, but if we all pitch in, we can make a big difference.

Laudato si’ SHARK

WATO has chosen the shark as our symbol to represent its mission on marine conservation. We are dedicated to help protect, and conserve world oceans, water, ecosystems. As apex predators, sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serving as an indicator for ocean health. They help remove the weak and the sick as well as keeping the balance with competi- tors helping to ensure species diversity. This is how the sharks keep our oceans healthy.

“We need the oceans, they do not need us.”

WHAT IS WATO

WATO is in the process of filing for Inter-Governmental Organization status at the United Nations. WATO will serve and guide any Government, private sector, civil society and legitimized NGO seeking a way to confront the dire challenges our oceans face. WATO will exist to link these disparate entities together, providing a common lens through which they can align their activities primarily at the United Nations. WATO is steered by a group of United Nations Am- bassadors and Member States that have come together to take immediate action to save our oceans.

WHAT WE SUPPORT

The 17 Sustainable Development Agenda of the UN is an ambitious global vision that seeks to tackle extreme poverty, curb climate change and put the world on a more prosperous and sustainable path by 2030. It includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 Targets that have been adopted by World Leaders at a special summit in September 2015. 

The global ocean, which covers nearly three-quarters of the surface of our planet is a vital lifeline for billions of people and species. The climate change momentum has resulted in our oceans, for the first time in history, being given their own voice in the Post-15 Agenda. It would be hard to achieve other agreed Sustainable Development Goals without a healthy and resilient ocean. 

Out of the ambitious 17 Goals, WATO’s primary mission will be supporting SIX of those Goals. Most specifically a champion enthusiast of:

Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
Goal 2. Food Security *billions of people are directly dependent on the food and pro- tein the ocean produces 
Goal 4. Education
Goal 12. Sustainable Consumption and Production *sustainable fishing and conser- vations provide economic opportunities for the most vulnerable
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Goal 15. Biodiversity *an estimated 70% of all life on earth is found in the ocean, pro- tecting marine ecosystems is imperative

Please remember, If the oceans die, we die.