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The United Nations (UN) is in the process of launching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 aspirational goals, which replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), seek to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development from 2015 to 2030. This report provides background information on the proposed SDGs and outlines potential issues and opportunities for ocean industry involvement. Under the proposed SDG Framework, there is a stand-alone goal on oceans.