The devastating oil spill off the east coast of Mauritius has highlighted the need for global adoption of international legislation that governs the seas and protects small island states and their vulnerable marine ecosystems against ship pollution, says the UN trade body, UNCTAD. “Sustainable Development Goal 14 calls on us to protect life below water and this means minimizing pollution at every possible turn, including putting all necessary precautions in place to manage environmental disasters like oil spills when they do happen”, the body’s technology and logistics director said, highlighting that although several international conventions govern the seas and how they are used, some are not ratified by all countries and while others have yet to enter into force.