Ocean Action Hub

Resource title

Making the most of SDG 6 implementation – for benefits from source to sea

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Location: Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations, 885 Second Avenue, 46th floor, New York, NY, USA

Making the most of SDG 6 implementation – for benefits from source to sea

HLPF 2018 Side Event

Organized by SIWI / Action Platform for Source-to-Sea Management 
Co-hosted by Sweden, Ministry of Environment and Energy / UNDP / FAO / Delta Alliance 


Marine and coastal resources represent enormous assets and opportunities for local and global economies, but they may be jeopardized by upstream activities on land and along rivers. This event will explore what is necessary to ensure that future implementation of SDG 6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” also contributes to achieving SDG 14 “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

Keynote: H.E. Ms. Karolina Skog, Minister, Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Sweden

Technical Keynote: Mr. Andrew Hudson, Head, Water and Oceans Governance Programme, UNDP

Moderator: Ms. Birgitta Liss Lymer, Director Water Governance, SIWI

Panel Discussion:

  • H.E Mr. Muhammad Nazrul Islam Bir-Protik, State Minister, Ministry of Water Resources, Bangladesh
  • Mr. René Castro, Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Ms. Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea, United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. Dian Triansyah Djani, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations (tbc)
  • Mr. Niels Vlaanderen, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands (tbc)

Closing remarks

For more information and to register, see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-the-most-of-sdg-6-implementation-for-benefits-from-source-to-sea-tickets-47809671013 

A photo ID will be needed to enter the premises. 

Resource title

Can We Achieve SDG 14 Without Looking Upstream? Starting at the Source to Save the Sea

Hosted by the Government of Sweden.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

1:15 – 2:30 PM

Conference Room 6, UN HQ

Hosted by the Government of Sweden

About the event

A central challenge in the effort to achieve sustainable development concerns how to balance needs for economic development with measures to ensure social and environmental sustainability in the continuum from “source-to-sea”. There are linkages between sustainable management of freshwater systems, sanitation, land use, urban development and climate change with the health of our oceans that points to the importance of coordinating management efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across sectors and administrative boarders.


This side event will showcase experiences from industrialized as well as developing regions on the governance and management of resource flows from “source-to-sea”. The ambition is to learn how nations and regional organisations can support the implementation of source-to-sea measures in a broader economic perspective to achieve SDG 14. Recommendations that can be taken onboard by governments, private sector and other actors to reach the SDG 14, implementing a system perspective from source-to-sea at the national and regional levels, will be identified.


The event will be chaired and moderated by Dr. Jakob Granit, Director General, Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM).

A light lunch will be served at 12:45 pm outside the conference room.

1:15 pm – 1:25 pm Opening Remarks

Setting the scene: Dr. Jakob Granit, Director General, SwAM

Welcome address: Mr. Raj Mohabeer, Officer in Charge: Economic Affairs Department, Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)

1:25 pm – 2:05 pm Keynote speakers

Sweden – H.E. Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment

Germany – H.E. Dr. Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Republic of Seychelles – H.E. Didier Dogley, Minister of Environment, Energy & Climate Change

Jamaica – The Honourable Daryl Vaz, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for Land, Environment, Climate Change and Investments

Fiji – H.E. Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management

Republic of South Africa – H.E. Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs

2:05 pm – 2:30 pm Keynote address, technical reflections and discussion

Keynote address: Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson for the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Technical reflections

· How can the international community support source-to-sea efforts supporting sustainable economic growth reaching SDG 14?

· How can regional cooperation be built and sustained to successfully achieve coordinated management from source-to-sea?

· What type of institutions are needed at the national level to achieve a sustainable blue economy addressing key flows in the continuum from



Mr. Carl Gustaf Lundin, IUCN

Mr. Torkil Jonch Clausen, Action Platform on Source to Sea Management

Ms. Emma Nohrén, Swedish Green Party

Concluding remarks

Dr. Jakob Granit, SwAM

More information and full programme: https://www.havochvatten.se/en/swam/eu--international/the-ocean-conference/side-event/program.html

For further questions, please contact: annie.hermansson@havochvatten.se 

Resource title

Towards a Sustainable Blue Economy in the Western Indian Ocean

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 11

Hosted by the Government of Sweden, Nairobi Convention and WWF International

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 11

Hosted by the Government of Sweden, Nairobi Convention and WWF International

This side event will focus on the establishment of a regional partnership between governments, civil society and private sector towards SDG 14 implementation in the Western Indian Ocean, building on ongoing regional processes under the Nairobi Convention, in particular the Northern Mozambique Channel Initiative. 

It will present findings from a new report (released 24 January 2017), uncovering the importance of the Western Indian Ocean blue economy for the countries and people of the region. 

Representatives from the region will discuss plans for the formal launch of a partnership and roadmap towards implementation of SDG 14 at The Ocean Conference in June 2017. 


Ms. Isabella Lövin, Minister of International Development Cooperation and Climate, Sweden; Mr. Alain de Comarmond , Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Seychelles; Ms. Felismina Antia, Director for Maritime & Fisheries Policy, Mozambique; Dr Lavitra Thierry, Programme Coordinator, State Secretariat of the Ocean, Madagascar; Dr Lisa Svensson, Chief of the Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch, UNEP (representing the Nairobi Convention); and Mr. Harifidy Ralison; Leader Northern Mozambique Channel Initiative, WWF Madagascar. 


For more details see attached flyer.pdf and the conference website: https://oceanconference.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=20000&nr=1054&menu=3327&template=2456