14.a)   Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular SIDS and LDCs

The World Ocean Council (WOC) is the international, cross-sectoral alliance for private sector leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainable development, stewardship and science, i.e. “Corporate Ocean Responsibility” for the ocean 71% of the planet.  Through the WOC’s “Smart Ocean - Smart Industries” Platform, leadership companies are improving our understanding of the ocean by using commercial vessels and platforms to cost effectively collect ocean, weather and climate data from the blue planet. This information supports the ability for the international community to understand climate change, measure, manage and protect marine biodiversity, and advance disaster reduction.