“The Ocean Conference”, “Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnering for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14” took place in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017. The Conference was mandated by the Member States of the United Nations because they recognized that SDG 14 — “the Oceans Goal” — needs support to ensure its implementation. The final report of the Ocean Conference is available online here (advance, unedited version).
The Conference was intended to:
- Identify ways and means to strengthen cooperation for the implementation of SDG 14 and related targets , taking into account their interlinkages with other goals and targets
- Build on existing successful partnerships, and launching innovative new ones to advance implementation
- Involve all relevant stakeholders to assess progress and identify implementation gaps
- Facilitate the sharing of experiences gained through regional and national strategies/institutions
- Contribute to the follow-up and review process of SDG 14 by reporting its outcomes to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
Following to the General Assembly resolution “Modalities for the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14”, A/70/L.64, the Conference included:
- Eight plenary meetings
- Seven Partnership Dialogues, intended to be interactive and multistakeholder in nature:
- Addressing marine pollution – Co-Chairs: Norway and Indonesia
- Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems – Co-Chairs: Italy and Palau
- Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification – Co-Chairs: Monaco and Mozambique
- Making fisheries sustainable – Co-Chairs: Canada and Senegal
- Increasing economic benefits to SIDS and lDCs and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets – Co-Chairs: Estonia and Grenada
- Increasing scientific knowledge, and developing research capacity and transfer of marine technology – Co-Chairs: Iceland and Peru
- 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 – Co-Chairs: Australia and Kenya
- A special event commemorating World Oceans Day on 8 June 2017.
The outcome of the Conference was expected to be a political declaration and a report summarizing the Partnership Dialogues, focusing on concrete, action-oriented recommendations, as well as more than 1300 Voluntary Commitments for implementing SDG 14.
The Conference was co-hosted by the Governments of Sweden and Fiji. The designated Secretary-General of the Conference was Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) Under-Secretary General. H.E. Mr Peter Thomson is the President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly.