Ocean Action Hub

"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:

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.

“We need urgent global action to stop the assault on the health of our oceans and seas caused by pollution and overfishing.

We must get an international consensus in New York in June on the scale of this crisis – this threat to all oceans and seas and we must decide on a plan of radical action.”

H.E. Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji

“The importance of the world’s ocean cannot be overstated. They supply 50% of the oxygen we breathe, feed billions of people, and provide livelihoods for millions more. They are the great biological pump of global atmospheric and thermal regulation, and the driver of the water and nutrient cycles. And they are among the most powerful tools for mitigating the effects of climate change.

In short, the ocean is a critical ally, and we must do everything in our power to safeguard them.”

H.E. Isabella Lövin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, Sweden

“We are building this conference to be the game-changer that will turn around the cycle of decline in which the ocean is caught.”

H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly

" The Ocean Conference will be a great opportunity for Member States and all stakeholders to assess challenges, identify opportunities and actions, as well as to strengthen partnerships to advance the implementation of SDG 14 on oceans and seas. "

Mr. Wu Hongbo, Secretary-General for the Ocean Conference and UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) Under-Secretary General