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A great deal has already been written about the UN Conference on Sustainable Development and its outcome document, “The Future We Want”. Much of the commentary has been critical of both the process and the document. To understand the process and the final result, it may be useful to look at how one or two issues advanced over the course of the negotiations. Both ocean advocates and representatives of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) seemed relatively satisfied with the results of the conference, and a look at those interlinked matters is interesting.