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 was convened at UN Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017. The intergovernmentally agreed outcome “Call for Action” enumerates actions that need to be undertaken by Governments and other stakeholders, while the voluntary commitments from the Conference 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?
- H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly
- H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations (Co-President of Ocean Conference)
- H.E. Mr. Luke Daunivalu, Deputy Permanent Representative Permanent Mission of the Republic of Fiji to the United Nations (Co-President of Ocean Conference)
- Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the Ocean Conference
- Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel
- H.E. Mr. Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, President of Economic and Social Council
- Ms. Kate Brown, Executive Director, Global Island Partnership, New Zealand
- Mr. Jake Rice, Chief Scientist-Emeritus, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
- Ms. Marjo Vierros, Director, Coastal Policy and Humanities Research and Senior Associate, Global Ocean Forum
- H.E. Mr. Ronald Jumeau, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Seychelles to the United Nations.
- Ms. Tui Shortland, Director, Pacific Indigenous and Local Knowledge Centre of Distinction at Te Kāpehu Whetū, Aotearoa, New Zealand
Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Seychelles to the United Nations.
Chief Scientist - Emeritus, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
Executive Director, Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)
Director, Coastal Policy and Humanities Research and Senior Associate, Global Ocean Forum
Director, Pacific Indigenous and Local Knowledge Centre of Distinction at Te Kāpehu Whetū, Aotearoa, New Zealand