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19 January 2017 - The UN has released a background note of the Secretary-General to guide preparations for the Ocean Conference.

The note proposes seven themes for partnership dialogues for the Conference.

Governments will consider the proposed themes at a Conference preparatory meeting taking place from 15-16 February 2017, in New York, US.

The Ocean Conference, which is scheduled to convene from 5-9 June 2017, in New York, US, will be the first high-level event to focus on the implementation of one specific SDG. The Conference outcome will have three components: an intergovernmentally agreed declaration, or ‘Call for Action;’ a report with the Co-Chairs’ summaries of the partnership dialogues; and a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of SDG 14.

The partnership dialogues aim to present a scientific update on each theme and to focus on solutions and practical recommendations to address identified gaps and challenges. On possible themes, the Background Note proposes that:

  • Theme 1 will focus on ‘Addressing marine pollution’ and SDG target 14.1;
  • Theme 2 will address ‘Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems,’ including targets 14.2 and 14.5;
  • Theme 3 will consider ‘Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification,’ addressing target 14.3;
  • Theme 4 will discuss ‘Making fisheries sustainable,’ including targets 14.4 and 14.6;
  • Theme 5 will focus on ‘Increasing economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets,’ in line with targets 14.7 and 14.b;
  • Theme 6 will explore ‘Increasing scientific knowledge, and developing research capacity and transfer of marine technology,’ addressing target 14.a; and
  • Theme 7 will focus on ‘Implementing international law, as reflected in UNCLOS,’ focusing on target 14.c.

The proposed themes will be discussed at the preparatory meeting, along with elements for the Call for Action. The preparatory meeting will take place under the leadership of co-facilitators Álvaro Mendonça e Moura, Permanent Representative of Portugal, and Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore. Following the preparatory meeting, the co-facilitators are expected to present a draft ‘Call for Action’ by March 2017, and intergovernmental negotiations on the document will then begin.

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