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24 Feb 2017 - Following the close of the the preparatory meeting of the Ocean Conference, convened on 15 and 16 February 2017 at UN Headquarters in New York, the final list of themes for the partnership dialogues was released by the co-facilitators of the preparatory process, the Permanent Representatives of Portugal and Singapore to the United Nations. The meeting considered the themes for the partnership dialogues and elements for a "Call for Action" for the Conference.  

The 7 themes for the partnership dialogues:

  1. Addressing marine pollution.

  2. Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems.

  3. Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification.

  4. Making fisheries sustainable.

  5. Increasing economic benefits to SIDS and lDCs and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets.

  6. Increasing scientific knowledge, and developing research capacity and transfer of marine technology.

  7. Enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the law of the Sea. 

The co-facilitators reported that it was underlined at the preparatory meeting that the themes constitute a broad chapeau for discussion, and will provide the opportunity for delegations to raise other elements that they may consider to be relevant, including cross-cutting issues and inter-linkages with other SDGs in the context of the 2030 Agenda. 

On the "Call for Action", it was reported that the co-facilitators intend to make the "zero draft" available by early March 2017. The draft will take into account the deliberations of the preparatory meeting and other inputs, and will be the starting point for the first round of consultations, which will be held from 20-22 March 2017.

The full letter from the President of the General Assembley on the 7 Parnership Dialogues themes is avaialble online here: http://www.un.org/pga/71/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/08/The-Ocean-Conference-2017-02-24.pdf

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Publication Organisation: 
General Assembly of the United Nations
Publication Author: 
H.E. Peter Thomson
Thematic Area: 
Ocean Conference