Ministerial Declaration

The Ministerial Declaration is the key political outcome from the OSPAR Ministerial meeting 2021. It aims to reflect the collective ambition of the OSPAR Contracting Parties to recommit to their obligations under the OSPAR Convention to protect, conserve, and use sustainably the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic, and to address the challenges facing the ocean. It signals the OSPAR Ministers’ and the EU Commissioner’s agreement to adopt, implement and resource the delivery of the new OSPAR North-East Atlantic Environment Strategy (NEAES) 2030.

To maintain momentum the Declaration commits Ministers to meeting again within 5 years to review progress in implementing the NEAES 2030 and to adjust it, if necessary, in the light of the Quality Status Report 2023.

For the full declaration text, click on the image.

Briefing note on the Ministerial Declaration