The high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at UN Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017. The intergovernmentally agreed outcome “Call for Action” will enumerate actions that need to be undertaken by Governments and other stakeholders, while the voluntary commitments from the Conference will spur solutions in order to address the adverse impacts on oceans, which act cumulatively and impair the crucial ability of the oceans to provide ecosystem services, contribute to poverty eradication and food security and act as climate regulator and an engine for economic growth and sustainable development. This session will look at the outcome of the Ocean Conference and the interlinkages of SDG14 and its targets to other goals and targets in order to provide further political guidance and encourage action in implementation of the SDG14. It will also feature expert presentations on inter-linkages between SDG14 and other SDGs and related targets.
Proposed Guiding Questions
- What are contributing factors to successfully implement SDG14 and address main threats affecting the oceans?
- How can we ensure local community involvement, alternative livelihood development and the use of traditional knowledge, and benefit from the contributions of stakeholders when developing and implementing ocean solutions?
- Given the interlinkages of SDG14 with many of the other SDGs, what are your recommendations with respect to integrating SDG14 in more comprehensive sustainable development projects, strategies and plans?
- How can we follow up the outcome and voluntary commitments of the Ocean Conference at various levels, from local to global?