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Preparatory meeting for 2020 UN Ocean Conference to take place in New York, 4-5 Feb 2020

26 Dec 2019 - The UN General Assembly will convene the 2020 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14): Conserve and sustainably us

26 Dec 2019 - The UN General Assembly will convene the 2020 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14): Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. 

The overarching theme of the Conference is, “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: Stocktaking, partnerships and solutions.” 

The preparatory meeting will take place 4-5 February 2020 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.

Special accreditation for the 2020 UN Ocean Conference and its preparatory meeting is now open.

Learn more here: https://oceanconference.un.org/#participate.

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 "My takeaway from this meeting is there’s hope” - Angelique Pouponneau, Seychelles

2 Jun 2019 - Angelique Pouponneau speaks at the Community of Ocean Action meeting in Republic of Korea, "my takeaway from this meeting is there’s hope,” says Angelique Pouponneau, CEO of S

2 Jun 2019 - Angelique Pouponneau speaks at the Community of Ocean Action meeting in Republic of Korea, "my takeaway from this meeting is there’s hope,” says Angelique Pouponneau, CEO of Seychelles' Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust, after two days of seeing tangible examples of #SDG14 implementation at the meeting of the UN Communities of Ocean Action (COA) in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

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UN Communities of Ocean Action meeting in Incheon, Republic of Korea

31 May 2019 - The meeting aims to contribute to the preparatory process in the lead-up to the 2020 UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

31 May 2019 - The Meeting of the Communities of Ocean Action "From Commitments to Action: Implementing SDG14" aims to share best practices and experiences amongst the members of different Communities of Ocean Action and any interested stakeholders, to provide partnership opportunities and to catalyze further pledges for ocean action. It will inform the deliberations of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2019 and will contribute to the preparatory process in the lead-up to the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference. The Meeting is open to anybody who has registered a voluntary commitment on the Ocean Conference website. There is no charge to attend the Meeting. Registration is now closed.

More information: https://oceanconference.un.org/incheonCOAs2019

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1,500 concrete actions now registered on UN platform to save our ocean
20 December 2018 - A recent surge in pledges to protect and sustainably manage our ocean pushed the number of concrete actions registered on the United Nations’ global platform for volun
tary ocean commitments to 1,500, signaling that health of our ocean remains a priority for many governments, businesses and civil society organizations around the world.
The commitments build on the nearly 1,400 made during a global call for action at the UN Ocean Conference in 2017. That 100 valid commitments have been made in the year since the conference shows that progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Below Water, is moving ahead. The new commitments, like the others, will join the nine Communities of Ocean Action (COAs), the thematic multi-stakeholder groups facilitated by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, to follow up on implementation.

“I’m very pleased to see that 1,500 voluntary commitments have now been registered in our global effort to support SDG14, to conserve and sustainably use the resources of the ocean,” said Ambassador Peter Thomson, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean.

“The international community has a universal plan to reverse the cycle of decline in which the Ocean has been caught – I refer of course to SDG 14, the ocean goal. The nine COAs set up at the United Nations to steward the voluntary commitments will work with the organizations that made these new commitments to assist in their implementation and thereby help us along the road to achievement of all ten of SDG 14’s targets.”

Recent commitments include:

  • The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators will contribute to the UN Environment Clean Seas initiative by drastically cutting back on single-use plastics on Arctic cruise vessels and include shoreline clean-ups in its programmes.
  • The Government of Mauritius has committed to restore its mangroves and hold mangrove education events, as well as map its mangrove ecosystems by June 2020 to overcome knowledge gaps and offer an early warning system to identify threats.
  • The Associazione Mediterraneo Ricerca e Sviluppo in Italy is working to protect the habitat of bottlenose dolphins in the Sicilian Channel and increase scientific knowledge about them.
  • The Mundus Maris organization launched a small-scale fisheries academy in Senegal to serve as a space for reflection, training and knowledge-sharing for local fishermen.

All of the ocean commitments are required to submit progress reports once a year until the completion of the initiative to maintain active status. A “traffic light” transparency system on the platform shows the status of each commitment.

CONTINUE READING ONLINE HERE: https://www.un.org/development/desa/en/news/sustainable/1500-concrete-actions-to-save-our-ocean.html

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UN DESA launches revamped Voluntary Commitments platform to drive Ocean Action for SDG 14
19 Dec 2017 - Nine thematic multi-stakeholder Communities of Ocean Action to spur further Ocean Action and maintain momentum until the next Ocean Conference.

19 Dec 2017 - UN DESA launches revamped Voluntary Commitments platform to drive Ocean Action for SDG 14

At The Ocean Conference, held in June 2017 at UN headquarters in New York to further implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 aimed at conserving and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources, close to 1,400 voluntary commitments for concrete ocean action were made by governments, the United Nations system, civil society organizations, academia, the scientific community, and the private sector. These commitments, together with the Conference outcome document Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action, mark a global breakthrough on the path for the health of our oceans and seas.

To follow-up on the implementation of those voluntary commitments, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson, have launched nine thematic multi-stakeholder Communities of Ocean Action to spur further Ocean Action, and to maintain momentum until the next Ocean Conference, anticipated to be held in 2020.

Supporting the work of the Communities, UN DESA has revamped The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitment, available at oceanconference.un.org, which now provides a platform for all stakeholders to report on their commitments, and for sharing of knowledge and best practices within and across the nine Communities of Ocean Action.

The nine Communities of Ocean Action are:

  1. Coral reefs
  2. Implementation of international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
  3. Mangroves
  4. Marine and coastal ecosystems management
  5. Marine pollution
  6. Ocean acidification
  7. Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology
  8. Sustainable blue economy
  9. Sustainable fisheries

JOIN THE COMMUNITIES OF OCEAN ACTION HERE: https://oceanconference.un.org/coa

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The UN follows up on the Ocean Conference Voluntary Commitments for the implementation of SDG 14

7 Sept 2017 - In June 2017, at The Ocean Conference, 193 Member States of the United Nations committed to a set of ambitious measures that will begin the reversal of the decline o

f the ocean’s health. The Conference outcome document -  Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action - together with close to 1,400 voluntary commitments for concrete action made by governments, the United Nations system, civil society organizations, academia, the scientific community, and the private sector, marked a global breakthrough in the management and conservation of the ocean, and for advancing implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14).

As many of the targets under SDG 14 are set for the year 2020, time is of the essence. To spur implementation of the voluntary commitments on SDG 14, the United Nations is organizing a series of global webinars which will provide a virtual platform where all actors can share updates on the implementation of their voluntary commitments and share lessons learned and best practices.

Over 50 participants from governments, UN system and other stakeholders took part in the first webinar held on 7 September 2017, which had a focus on arrangements for following up on voluntary commitments, establishing action communities among stakeholders, and hearing updates from participants on commitments related to mangroves.

Addressing the webinar, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly recalled that Goal 14 has received a much-needed push from the international community at The Ocean Conference, held just three months ago, in New York.  The President was encouraged to dialogue with the mangrove community at the webinar, and looked forward to support and work with the wider ocean community in driving the implementation for the health of our oceans, leading up to the next anticipated Ocean Conference in 2020.

Many participants provided updates on the status of their mangrove related voluntary commitments in the open dialogue, including from the International Blue Carbon initiative, the Blue Carbon Code of Conduct, the Biodiversity Conservation, Coastal, Ocean Clean-up and Protection initiative, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area Conservation Trust, the Sustainable Solutions Oceans Opportunity on Small Island States, the International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions (IDUM), and the Conservation Science Institute, among others.

In closing, Mr. Juwang Zhu, Director of the Division for Sustainable Development, UN-DESA, mentioned that additional webinars will be organized regularly in the lead-up to the High-level Political Forum in July 2018 –  the UN’s central platform for reviewing progress towards all 17 SDGs. Summaries will be published online on the Voluntary Commitments Registry web-page: https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/

For more information, contact Ola Goransson at the Division for Sustainable Development of UN DESA: goranssono@un.org

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High Level Political Forum 2017

The meeting of the high-level political forum (HLPF) on sustainable development in 2017 convened under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council, will be held from Monday, 10 July, to Wedn

esday, 19 July 2017; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 17 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017.

The theme will be "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world". The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following, including Goal 14: "Life Below Water" and Goal 17: "Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development", that will be considered each year:

  • Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

In accordance with paragraph 84. of the 2030 Agenda, Member States have decided that the HLPF shall carry out regular voluntary reviews of the 2030 Agenda which will include developed and developing countries as well as relevant UN entities and other stakeholders. The reviews will be state-led, involving ministerial and other relevant high-level participants, and provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders.

In 2017, 44 countries have volunteered to present their national voluntary reviews to the HLPF. For more details, please click here.

Official website of the HLPF 2017: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf

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INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONSULTATIONS ON A CALL FOR ACTION FOR THE OCEAN CONFERENCE, UNHQ NEW YORK

The Zero Draft is available online here. The first round of informal intergovernmental co

The Zero Draft is available online here. The first round of informal intergovernmental consultations on the draft will be from 20 - 22 March at UNHQ, New York. These consultations are open to observers without a speaking role; individuals with valid UN grounds passes can observe the meetings from the gallery of conference room 2 as follows:



Mon, 20, and Tues, 21 March:



10:00 ........................................................................................ Conference Room 2 



15:00 ........................................................................................ Conference Room 2 



Weds, 22 March:



15:00 ........................................................................................ Conference Room 2 



Stakeholder In-person meeings and webex - 24 March, UNHQ Conference Room 8:

  • 3 - 4 PM: The co-facilitators of the preparatory process, the Permanent Representatives of Portugal and Singapore, will also hold a meeting on the Zero Draft with stakeholders. Individuals with a valid UN grounds pass can attend, or to participate via webex, please register by 22 March here: https://goo.gl/forms/B5FlGL0xEyGkQbv92. Webex details will be sent to those who have registered on 23 March. 
  • 4:50 - 5:30 PM: The co-facilitators are inviting UN entities and IGOs to a meeting to exchange views on the Zero Draft. Remote connection will also be available through webex.

An information note on the concept papers for the seven partnership dialogues to be held during the Conference is also available at: sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/12941note_on_concept_papers_8_March_2017.pdf

Contact: UN Division for Sustainable Development email: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/contact www: https://oceanconference.un.org​

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Meeting to support SIDS in preparing for the Ocean Conference

UN DESA is organizing a meeting for delegates from SIDS, hosted by the UN Office for Sustainable Development in the Republic of Korea in Jeju Island.

The Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) is organizing a Small Island Developing States (SIDS) meeting in consultation with the Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) and hosted by the UN Office for Sustainable Development in the Republic of Korea, a project office of the Division for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, from 29 to 31 March 2017.

The meeting is expected to be practical and action-oriented, focusing on strengthening analytical and negotiating skills in order to successfully include SIDS priorities in the Call for Action as a key deliverable of the Conference. It is targeted to delegates from SIDS engaged in these areas.

More: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&type=13&nr=2149&menu=1634

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Informal Consultations in Preparation for the Ocean Conference, New York

19 Feb 2017 - Informal consultations on the “Call for Action” zero draft will be held on 7, 9, 20 and 21 March in New York.

19 February 2017 - The co-facilitators of the preparatory process for the Ocean Conference will hold informal consultations on the zero draft of the “Call for Action.”

Dates: 7, 9, 20 and 21 March 2017

Location: UN Headquarters, New York

Contact: UN Division for Sustainable Development email: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/contact www: https://oceanconference.un.org/preparatoryprocess

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