The United Nations Ocean Conference

From jobs and food to health care ingredients and habitats, our ocean provides much to humankind. However, the ocean is in serious trouble and the deterioration is increasingly posing a danger to people’s lives, livelihoods and well-being. Today, the Ocean Conference kicked off in New York with a clear purpose of reversing this trend, presenting concrete solutions for healthy oceans and seas. In the following video produced by UN DESA Voice, Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the Ocean Conference, speaks about some of the urgent actions needed and his hopes for what the Ocean Conference should achieve.


United Nations Ocean Conference

The high-level United Nations Ocean Conference (5-9 June, 2017) aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for the good of people, planet and prosperity.

The event brought together thousands of people around the world to channel their concerns into action. Defend International members and friends were involved in identifying and addressing the impact of marine pollution and ocean acidification.


About The Conference

Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14

The United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have the co-hosting responsibilities of the Conference.

The Conference will be solutions-focused with engagement from all.

The Conference shall:

  • Identify ways and means to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14;
  • Build on existing successful partnerships and stimulate innovative and concrete new partnerships to advance the implementation of Goal 14;
  • Involve all relevant stakeholders, bringing together Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors to assess challenges and opportunities relating to, as well as actions taken towards, the implementation of Goal 14;
  • Share the experiences gained at the national, regional and international levels in the implementation of Goal 14;
  • Contribute to the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by providing an input to the high-level political forum on sustainable development, in accordance with resolutions 67/290 of 9 July 2013, 70/1 of 25 September 2015 and 70/299 of 29 July 2016, on the implementation of Goal 14, including on opportunities to strengthen progress in the future;

The Conference shall comprise plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day.

The Conference shall adopt by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration in the form of a “Call for Action” to support the implementation of Goal 14 and a report containing the co-chairs’ summaries of the partnership dialogues, as well as a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference.

The President of the General Assembly had convened a two-day preparatory meeting, on 15-16 February 2017, at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Chaired by H.E. Mr. Alvaro Mendonya Moura, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the UN, and H.E. Mr. Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the UN, the meeting considered the themes for the partnership dialogues and elements for a “Call for Action”.

Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations is the Secretary-General of the Conference. Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel is the special advisor to the Presidents of the Conference on oceans and legal matters.


New Publication: Our Ocean, Our World

Ahead of the Ocean Conference, the United Nations Department of Public Information released a special double issue of UN Chronicle “Our Ocean, Our World,” which looks at how to sustainably manage ocean ecosystems and resources for current and future generations.

About The Book
A must-read for every concerned world citizen, the United Nations Chronicle is a quarterly, easy-to-read report on the work of the United Nations and its agencies. Produced by the United Nations Department of Public Information, every issue covers a wide range of United Nations related activities: from fighting the drug war to fighting racial discrimination, from relief and development to nuclear disarmament, terrorism, and the worldwide environmental crisis.

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