Honouring the memory of Jacques CousteauJun 8, 2017
New York, 8 June— On the occasion of the World Ocean Day, UNDP, the Cousteau Society, and its partners working on sustainable ocean governance celebrate the work of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, an Oceanographer who studied the sea and all forms of life in water and left his mark forever on the planet.
Jacques Cousteau (11 June 1910 – 25 June 1997, France) through his life and his work was a leader in the environmental movement. He was a naval officer, an explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher.
When Cousteau and his teams embarked aboard Calypso to explore the world, no one yet knew about the effects of pollution, over-exploitation of resources and coastal development. He drew the public’s attention to the potentially disastrous environmental consequences of human negligence.
During this historic Ocean Conference (June 5-9) as we embark on achieving the targets set for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, ‘Life Below Water’ , UNDP is committed to ensuring that his memory will live on through our actions.
UNDP and Cousteau Society will endeavor to cooperate to further the implementation of SDG 14 on life below water.