The United Nations Sustainable Goal 14:
Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consist of 17 key commitments that strive to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.
Yann Arthus Bertrand has chosen this photo to represent the challenges of meeting the United Nations SDG 14.
Yann Arthus Bertrand - Whale off the coast of the Valdés peninsula, Argentine (42°23’ S – 64°29’ O).
A migratory marine mammal, the whale was a victim of intense hunting for its meat and oil up until the 1950s, which brought it to the edge of extinction. Even after decades of protection and international pressure, 7 of 13 whale species, some species of which count only a few thousand, are still threatened by extinction or are vulnerable.
According to the United Nations:
The oceans both provide for and regulate our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and even the oxygen in the air we breathe.
Over three billion people rely on the ocean and its biodiversity for living.
BNP Paribas fully contributes to achieving all 17 SDGs through a large range of actions and initiatives.
Our commitment to achieving SDG 14:
BNP Paribas is committed to preserve the wealth of the oceans. Through the BNP Paribas Foundation and its Climate Initiative program, we are supporting the REEF Services project with the objectives of measuring and predicting the consequences of global warming on the coral reefs and the services they provide (fishing, tourism, coastal protection). More than 500 million people rely on coral reefs for their subsistence.