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Appointment of Co-Chairs for the Seven Partnership Dialogues for The Ocean Conference

21 Apr 2017 - The Ocean Conference Co-Presidents, Fiji and Sweden have announced the Co-Chairs for the Seven Partnership Dialogues for the Conference.

21 Apr 2017 - The Co-Chairs for the Seven Partnership Dialogues for The Ocean Conference have been announced by the Co-Presidents of the Conference, Fiji and Sweden. The selection includes one co-chair from a developing country and one from a developed country and takes into consideration elements including balanced regional distribution, gender representation and the capacity to participate at ministerial level. 

The 14 co-chairs for the partnership dialogues:

  1. Addressing marine pollution - Co-Chairs: Norway and Indonesia
  2. Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems - Co-Chairs: Italy and Palau 
  3. Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification - Co-Chairs: Monaco and Mozambique 
  4. Making fisheries sustainable - Co-Chairs: Canada and Senegal
  5. 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
  6. Increasing scientific knowledge, and developing research capacity and transfer of marine technology - Co-Chairs: Iceland and Peru 
  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 - Co-Chairs: Australia and Kenya

The full letter from the President of the General Assembley on the 7 Parnership Dialogues themes is available online here: Download Appointment of Co-Chairs - Letter 20 April 2017.pdf

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The Ocean Conference: Register your voluntary commitment now!

Peter Thomson, UN General Assembly President, urges everyone to register their voluntary commitment for the Ocean Conference.

Peter Thomson, the President of the UN General Assembly, urges everyone - individuals, groups, organisations or governments - to register their voluntary commitment for the Ocean Conference at the United Nations in June here: https://oceanconference.un.org/commit...

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FINAL THEMES FOR OCEAN CONFERENCE PARTNERSHIP DIALOGUES ANNOUNCED

24 Feb 2017 - Following the preparatory meeting of the Ocean Conference, the final list of themes for the partnership dialogues was released.

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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Oceans and the law of the sea - Report of the Secretary-General

The report has been prepared pursuant to paragraph 309 of General Assembly resolution 69/245 of 29 December 2014, with a view to facilitating discussions on the topic of focus at the sixteenth meet

ing of the United Nations

Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea, on the theme entitled “Oceans and sustainable development: integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development, namely, environmental, social and economic.”

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The First Global Integrated Marine Assessment - World Ocean Assessment I

The first World Ocean Assessment provides an important scientific basis for the consideration of ocean issues by Governments, intergovernmental processes, and all policy-makers and others involved

in ocean affairs.

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June 2017 United Nations Oceans Conference announced at COP22

16 November 2016 - The President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, the Prime Minister of Fiji, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Developme

nt Cooperation and Climate of Sweden, Isabella Lövin, and the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo, convened yesterday a press conference at COP 22 in Marrakech to announce a major United Nations conference on oceans, to be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 5 to 9 June 2017.

Source: www.un.org/pga/71/2016/11/16/june-2017-united-nations-oceans-conference-announced-at-cop22/

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