World Team Project – Sustainable Solutions: Ocean Opportunities & Small Island States (SOS-IS)

Ocean Commitment #21714


Source: Archive of Original UN Ocean Commitment Website (link)

On small or remote islands, or village and in the ocean, the World Team project creates living experiential Eco observatories of human capital, to bring in resources and demonstrate solutions for a renewable future. Our goals include building renewable energy microgrids toward energy independence, clean water and power, biodiversity protection, and demonstration of leading technology. This partnership contributes to scientific research, data collection, preservation; an experiential opportunity for ongoing education. Ocean cleanup, preservation, water use, net-zero buildings, sustainable transportation, marine protection areas, artisanal fishing and related policy.

We create jobs, transfer technology, start-up new and alternative systems that lead to the transformation of the oceans and the islands. Partnership programs work towards innovative solutions.

Oceans Solutions: We plan to replant coral, re-populating fish, marine, and species preservation, sea turtles protection, replanting mangroves, plastic clean-up, banned all plastic use, fossil fuel, insecticides, and pesticides.

We plan to help re-define how we approach Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ), land reclaimed by sea, nature preserves, buildings designed for living with and below the ocean. Ocean energy permitting process for devices in Tidal, Wave, Ocean Thermal Energy.

Our SOS-IS campaign Ocean Awareness helps people better understand how to be conscious in the ocean. Ocean programs we are developing start with ocean/water birthing and go through to end of life. The age appropriate curriculum is collaborated by our SOS-IS Oceans Partners; Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center, we team-up with local and regional oceans programs. We teach, educate, and study how to better connect with all under the sea, broaching interspecies communication, and ocean energy- to consciousness. We team-up the connection between the living ocean and human body’s systems.

We aggregate cutting edge solutions and demonstrate ways to conserve and protect the oceans. We pilot new technology.

We have been working on Law of the Sea since our WTN hosted panel at UN Rio+20 and will continue to do through panels, and our team of experts, focused on law and the mechanisms and structures to enforce the law.

We will test out a coast guard framework with technology through 2030. We will work towards transforming the Law of the Sea with the intent to support the adoption of enforceable and well defined global policy.

The team will have a regional base camp that supports the continuation of programs, with international volunteers.

SOS-IS governance is designed for the voice of all stakeholders. The governance entities consist of the SOS-IS Board with two representatives from all partners, the SOS-IS Exec Committee, which is drawn from board and leading organizations, the SOS-IS Academic Advisory Committee, the SOS-IS Assembly consisting of national, regional and UN Stakeholders that may include an aggregate of selected members from:

  1. Chiefs of villages, or local officials where we work
  2. Representation from Government ministries, including Ministries of Fisheries of various SIDS,
  3. Pacific Island Forum Region Commissioner (invited)
  4. Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
  1. Fertilizer use efficiency
  2. Other (please specify): Organic gardening, and natural pesticide solutions
  3. Wastewater treatment:
  4. Manure management:
  5. Nutrient sinks (e.g. constructed wetlands):
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
  • Other (please specify): All of the above as a demonstration site with solutions
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
  1. CO2 emission reductions (energy efficiency, renewable energy, etc.)
  2. Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
  1. Locally or community managed marine areas
  2. MPA management and/or enforcement
  3. Other (please specify): Pilot program to coastal protection with human & technology and AI monitoring
By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, recognizing that appropriate and effective special and differential treatment for developing and least developed countries should be an integral part of the World Trade Organization fisheries subsidies negotiation
  • Removal or reduction of harmful fisheries subsidies
  • We will advocate
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
  1. Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  2. Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  3. Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
  4. Economic benefits from marine renewable energy
  5. Economic benefits from marine biotechnology
  6. Economic benefits from sustainable transport
  7. Other : support local fishing
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 small island developing States and least developed countries
  1. Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  2. Research capacity development
  3. Data access and sharing
  4. Training and professional development
  5. Scientific cooperation
  6. Transfer marine technology
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
  • Legal/policy/institutional measures
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
  1. Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective implementation.
  2. Other (please specify): explore legal framework to existing problems, education locals on legal frameworks


Complete 1 pilot project with kits in village. Secure long term island location, finalize national government agreements for island/ocean projects. Establish working local office, permits, and filing. Aggregate member universities. Solidify technology providers contracts.
Complete 1 island and 1 ocean project


500,000,000 USD
Global viewers and participants in the World Team media platform, Educational programs
Media and technology providers, alternative, energy, transportation and building sectors
World Team Now, Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center, World Team-Building, Team Volunteer Corps, Prof. Ian Juran, NYU Tandon School of Engineering & member of the Board of experts of UNESCO-IHP,  Ambassador of Malta Prof. Douglas Kmiec,

Progress reports

  • Overall status: On track
  • Published: 31 August 2019

Achievements at a glance

Our partnership grows. We are building our collective capacity to integrate all of 17 SDGs into our SOS-IS project’s Eco Observatories and demonstration projects.

The World Team project has been focused on our island kits, the small scale demonstration project is still on track to be completed by the deadline.

In Fiji and Samoa, we have established relationships with local native leaders in each location who have continued building community support, constituency and taken on filing procedures.

Each of our partners individually has taken steps towards building capacity and developing solutions that ultimately serve our common project goals.

We have reaffirmed and continue to do our due diligence on the large scale funding offer. WE are coordinating the details of our plan and awaiting each part of the team to turn in their sections of work to submit. We continue to look for partners that can financially contribute to the project, and we are pursuing additional external funding and made headway on sponsorship.

Together through our partner organizations teamed-up, along with ministries- together we did; more than 6 beach cleanups, 25 acres of 1000 Trees, Mangroves, Coral and Eel Grass Planting. 8 Demos of Ocean Consciousness with FLOAT program. Added more ocean technology, tidal, alternative renewable energy transportation (auto, plane, and boat), other eco locations and partners. 200 tech patents are being filed. Hydrogen-powered homes, vehicles, boats, motorcycles, 4×4 utility vehicle, vacuum toilets, and portable power: Joule Box and microgrids for 60 homes powered by a hydrogen vehicle. Completed game-changing water purification of sewage with waste-to-energy. Demos of alternative energy, organic farming, and water access, technology. Support the voices to Woman, Youth, Disabled and Indigenous People. The partnership summary is here:

SOS-IS website developing; partners have the capability to publish their work, progress reports and ability to upload and download documents.

We added the SOS-IS project to UNEP’s Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) contributions platform. The link is:

Challenges faced in implementation (if any)

Our partnership hit a significant amount of challenges, delays, and setbacks in 2018.

Upon return from the Pacific Island Region to the USA, the geopolitical situations and obstacles we faced hindered our ability to complete the needed work to respond to our initial large scale funding offer. The materials, status, and agreements were not forthcoming. We had to bring in different partners.

After leaving Fiji in early 2018, we were advised to delay our return until after the elections happened, which ultimately was in November.

Our funders required solidification of the project within local governments in our plan. We had made significant progress for several mutually beneficial projects with Fijian Ministries but the partnership lost valuable connections and inroads due to the changes in ministries after Fiji Government’s election.

In Samoa, the local team was steadily progressing, but challenges occurred related to local native land ownership properties and the government. WTN local reps. needed more resources to proceed. MNRE leadership and staff had changed.

The effects of Climate Change hit us at home, as well. The ‘Paradise and Woolsey Fires’ broke out, and this affected everything. Two of our other partners were also severely affected by the fires. WTN had to relocate to our New York base. The fires caused a significant delay and we could not return to the Pacific as planned, and lost subsequent airline ticket.

Due to a lack of ability to respond to the funding offer with an action plan for the project, the intended funding path has yet to materialize and the project lacks resources to provide the needed level of effort.

Some partners have yet to prove to prioritize mutual goals and turn in related materials.

The B Corp structure we proposed filing is new to this region is yet to be allowed. Permits now need to be renewed.

Next steps

Respond to the large scale funding offer with the up to date information. Turn in our plan to share resources with partners. Revise the business plan to include new technologies, systems and the whole vision of the World Team island demonstration project. Co-ordinate support for related partner projects. Seeking additional financial partner(s) and funding sources.

Solidify partnerships, build capacity, reach out further and bring in additional resources for the development stage. Add more human and financial capital.

Coordinate World Team sponsors, technology data resources for our media platform. Complete the myriad of related writing projects; articles, reports, materials and book series due to publisher.

Reach back out to solidify local government ministry projects with Fiji and Samoa and get agreements to include in the business plan. Continue exploring other Pacific Island region locations and ministries seeking support, or islands where we could be of assistance.

Coordinate partnership communication finish functionality of SOS-IS website to enable partners to publish their own work, progress reports, and add the ability to upload and download documents.

Organize the governance, coordinate partnership criteria and guidelines. Further Team-up with more NGOs and greater collation building for islands.

Further coordinate project plan with UN agencies, solidify integration of all 17 SDGs.

Renew 3-year work and investors permit, and transfer to a registered company.

Scout more locations in the Pacific Island region and SIDs globally.

Continue research and policy approaches to Law of the Sea, ABNJ.

Secure land leases and water rights for demonstration of solutions, preservation, and how to better live with the ocean.

Continue testing and experimenting with our ocean educational curriculum

Test solutions related to marine, tidal, wave and ocean energy technology,

Improve working as a team as we integrate new partners, and form a stronger coalition.

Beneficiaries & Actions

Who are the beneficiaries?

Beneficiaries will be the islanders and their villages profiting, the local ministries, regional governments, and the Pacific Island Region, and other islands around the world that will learn from our demo projects.

Specific island villages have been targeted – one on an outer island in Fiji and in Samoa. The partnership will support demonstration projects in these villages. These projects can be templated and rolled out to other islands in the Pacific Island States in conjunction with the World Team platform which will address capacity building and scalability to reach people worldwide through the screen – developed regions will learn from islanders about stewardship for nature. Technology transfer and other solutions will be shared with islands.

The platform’s experiential education is a critical component – all people, all species, can better learn about solutions with nature, on islands and in our world and better balance the scales for justice. We will educate as we all participate in each of the systems in miniature. Model of miniature cradle to cradle lifestyle systems ultimately for all. Our project plans to help support the UN as a beneficiary demonstrating all 17 integrated goals leading to universal benefits for all. Learning institutions’ synergy teaming-up in World Team’s ‘feet on the sand’ opportunities to allow different cultures and people to learn from the diversity, and how the plurality is needed for lasting transformation.

We are focused on these initial target groups; Youth, Indigenous People, Climate Change Refugees, and Women.

Partners will also benefit from technologies and approaches replicated and through collaboration where the synergy of resource support one another.

Demo opportunities to transform economies: scale to integrate natural and human capital resources. Use different financial mechanisms i.e. Blue Bonds cryptocurrency for models.

Local coaching for small businesses, and entrepreneurs.

As we work to preserve mangroves, the air, the land, the ocean, and human health and all living in form benefit.

What specific actions have been taken to positively impact beneficiaries?

We have approval and documents signed with the majority of local villager’s Mataqali (clan) to make the Mangrove Park and Preserve in Fiji on an outer island.

Technology transfers were made and natural-based solutions were exchanged with locals. Experiential learning occurred in meetings, local island trips that included native rituals.

While on boat trips and journeys in Pacific we demonstrated renewable energy solutions with a handheld fold-out portable solar charging system for electronic equipment that is waterproof.

Had meetings with Fijian Government Ministry of Infrastructure & Transportation: presented alternative transportation systems focused on hydrogen and electric vehicle portable charging and a community microgrid. Proposed a project to collaborate on and coordinate info for the Alternative Vehicle Expo, giving contacts and ideas.

We worked with villagers on land and site surveys, use, environmental impact, and local planning.

Multiple meetings with the villages and village elders along with regional ministries and multiple government stakeholders, dignitaries and leaders.

We paid for fuel and transportation for ministers to attend our island trips. We brought books, supplies, for adults and youth to the outer island.

Promoted tourism industry and wrote numerous articles on ecotourism. Advised resort owners and consulted on renewable energy systems.

We worked on an infectious disease proposal focused on tuberculosis for WT collaborative project for the Fiji Health Ministry.

We gave ideas to the villagers about various land uses living with the ocean.

We expanded the alliance to include more of the 17 SDGs.

Many of the concepts we introduced in the region are being realized. Locals we supported with business development consulting have flourished.

We have designed capacity-building into the World Team architecture for community engagement and to better scale the projects worldwide. We are developing an alliance in parallel for the media platform for all people.

  • Overall status: On track
  • Published: 26 July 2018

Achievements at a glance

We have spent an extensive amount of time over the past several months of 2018 researching and visiting the locations in and we have also done some re-planting with youth in Fiji, along the way for conservation. We have educated tourists about the importance of Mangroves not only for the preservation of islands but as a nursery for most aquatic life’s early years sheltering a host of marine organisms. We have witnessed Mangroves to be a safe nursery for baby dolphins and other cetaceans to play and grow. We intend to show how mangroves are a breeding ground for baby sharks and other fish.

We are examining other regions in different parts of the worlds Mangrove parks and preserves for design, and how they made use of trees, with gazeboes, and canopies to for this natural arboretum.

The Mangroves root systems water purification has much we plan to look at more closely for bio-mimicry, design, and observation of natures critical ecosystem for public education.

We have updated our SOS_IS’s website here:

Here is a recent relevant blog post on our World Team Now Blog:

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What specific actions have been taken to positively impact beneficiaries?


  • Overall status: On track
  • Published: 26 January 2018

Achievements at a glance

We have located our island location for the demonstration project and further secured.

The efforts for preservation and conservation of this island are becoming more formalized, and we are building local public support for the World Team projects islands systems demonstration project in Fiji.

We have reached out to and met with leaders of Fijis government, and the related local Fiji ministries; Environment, Tourism, Fisheries, Climate Action, TLTB etc. We met with leaders of the district, Ratu/Chief, and Tui.

We are growing our international constituency and gaining active interest in Fiji and the Pacific Island Region.

Our Mangrove Campaign grows- take a look at some photos from recent outer island mangroves here;

We have identified a site for our location for the Fiji Island Mangrove Heritage Educational Park and Preserve and are in the process of securing land use.

We observed and participated in the launch of the UNs International Year of the Reef, in Fiji and relevant local workshop.

We have gone to numerous coral reefs in Fiji and have been recording and observing their health. Read more in World Team Now’s blog.

We have worked to secure the land and water rights for the FLOAT Eco-Resort on the island. Our founder of World Team has joined to partner with Koro Sun owner on building the ECO part of the resort. He has extensive resort ownership and construction experience.

We have added new Partners to our MSHP SOS-IS for the Fiji pilot project; Dive for Life-Fiji and FLOAT.

We found some soft corral living on the coral reefs here in Fiji, see video on the World Team Now blog here:

Hydrogen Houses technology water and hydrogen/solar products are developing.

We are challenged to keep up with MSHP’s growth and working to find a better way of recording.

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Who are the beneficiaries?


What specific actions have been taken to positively impact beneficiaries?


  • Overall status: On track
  • Published: 6 November 2017

Achievements at a glance

Replanting mangroves near Savusavu Fiji

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Who are the beneficiaries?


What specific actions have been taken to positively impact beneficiaries?


  • Overall status: N/a
  • Published: 29 September 2017

Achievements at a glance

The Sustainable Solutions Ocean Opportunities on Small Island States project, led by World Team Now, has been assessing and removing invasive species, and replanting mangroves, in Fiji, as part of their voluntary commitment ‘The World Team Project: Sustainable Solutions Oceans Opportunities & Small Island States (SOS-IS)’ (#OceanAction21714). They are also reaching out to various stakeholders and donors in New York and California in order to bring additional resources.

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Progress reports

Registered: 9 June 2017


Time-frame: 10-4-2017 - 8-11-2050


World Team (Civil Society), World Team-Building, LLC, World Team Now(NGO), Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center(NGO), Sea Monkey, LLC(private), Renewables 100 Policy Institute(NGO), Hydrogen House Project(NGO), Genmounts, H/Cell Energy Corporation, Representative of a Swiss Sovereign Wealth Fund, The village of Nukubalavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji, (local Government) Fiji UNDP Western Division (Ministry of Local Government Agency), Housing, and Environment (LGHE),The UNDP-Pacific Risk Resilience Programme (PRRP) partnership between the Australian Government Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and international NGOs Live and Learn Environmental Education (LLEE) and the Mainstreaming of Rural Development Initiative (MORDI), Village of Falealupo on the Island of Savai'I, Prof. Ilan Juran of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and board of NYU, expressed support consisting of the network of UNESCO Eco Observatories where implementation of the SOS-ISs approach to the SDGs is recommended to several vulnerable regions, including municipalities, member states of East Mediterranean region, Haiti and Mexico, who have expressed interest at national and local governments level. in partnership with Pacific Island region governments of SIDS, and SIDS villages, and sponsoring companies.







Local remote villages and islands threatened by Climate Change. We plan to start in the Pacific Island Region and are in discussions with Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau. If we are offered a location in another region sooner will asses the opportunity the location offers to achieve our objectives and pursue it if there is alignment.


Suzanne Maxx, Founder/President,, 310 917-9106
Malibu, CA, USA


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