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Celebrating One Year Anniversary of The Ocean Conference
The UN Ocean Conference, held at UN Headquarters in June 2017, brought together more than 4000 participants from governments, the UN system and other intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, academia, the scientific community and the private sector. The Conference resulted in a number of ambitious outcomes, including the adoption of the "Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action" declaration, co-chairs' summaries of the seven partnership dialogues that were held during the Conference, and over 1400 voluntary commitments made in support of SDG 14 by various stakeholders.

As reported in previous issues of the Ocean Action Newsletter, many important developments related to SDG 14 have taken place since June last year, including: the appointment of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean Mr. Peter Thomson; the launch of nine new Communities of Ocean Action to follow-up on the voluntary commitments on SDG 14; the proclamation of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development by the United Nations General Assembly; and the decision of the General Assembly to convene an Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Intergovernmental Conference). View Ocean Action Anniversary issue
Celebrating World Oceans Day, 8 June 2018
The United Nations World Oceans Day Portal is your hub for information on all of the events that are happening near you on June 8th. Here you can follow major World Oceans Day initiatives and projects and learn more about our shared ocean through a wealth of resources available, like videos, photos, articles and even books. You can make your own pledge to protect the ocean for future generations and share on social media. And you can become a World Oceans Day champion by organizing your own events and activities. Make sure that you register your events so that others can see it and join in. The Portal is coordinated by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS). The Portal has been developed thanks to the support of the SUEZ Group.
Communities of Ocean Action
Coral reefs
Implementation of international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Mangroves
Marine and coastal ecosystems management
Marine pollution
Ocean acidification
Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology
Sustainable blue economy
Sustainable fisheries

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International Ocean Institute (IOI)- Ocean Governance training & capacity development, #OceanAction18076
The IOI Regional Training Programmes offer a targeted regional approach to global ocean governance with each regional programme addressing the respective regional seas perspectives, issues and mechanisms. They emphasize the benefits of harmonizing ocean policies and promoting a shared, integrated and common approach to ocean management. The courses [more]
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International Ocean Institute (IOI)- Ocean Governance training & capacity development, #OceanAction18076
Happy to report that over 2017 and till now in 2018, the IOI alumni have increased in numbers. There are now more persons knowledgeable on SDG14 and on ocean governance who can help achieve the targets. We welcome the >300 alumni from Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Cuba [more]
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Renewable Energy from Coral and Karstic Formation, #OceanAction24052
In 2013, dozens of scientific societies, universities, research institutes and foundations from all over the world have come together to dedicate 2013 as a special year for the Mathematics of Planet Earth. https://imaginary.org/content/new-mpe-exhibits Part of the programme's capacity building is an exhibition created by the community through [more]
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F3 - Future of Fish Feed: A collaborative effort toward fish-free aquaculture feeds, #OceanAction18933
The F3 Team commits to: -Award the first F3 prize in 2017. >> DONE. Stories related to the winner announcement appeared in: Aquafeed, FishFirst, Global Aquaculture Advocate, Seafood Source, Undercurrent News -Launch another challenge in 2017 to further innovation >> DONE. Challenge launched, and details found on http://www.f3ch [more]
New Commitment
Blue Planning in Practice: Worldwide MSP training offer to enable ecosystem-based marine and coastal planning and management, #OceanAction25529
Capacity Development is a key element of the Blue Solutions Initiative. Through different formats and cooperation with various partner institutions, we seek to ... enhance capacities for scaling up success ... provide learning opportunities and trainings on Blue Solutions themes ... support policy processes to facilitate blue solutions. Co [more]
New Commitment
Paddling for a Cleaner ocean , #OceanAction25293
Lucy Graham and Mathilde Gordon set out to kayak over 2000km from Juneau (Alaska) to Vancouver Island (Canada) over 3 months to raise awareness about marine debris and promote women in adventure. The trip will take 3 months in total and they are doing it completely singe-use plastic-free. Marine debris is an issue that is affecting our oceans wo [more]
New Commitment
Stronger commitment to dolphin protection, #OceanAction24394
Hotelplan Suisse is strengthening its cooperation with the Swiss NGO OceanCare, with a particular focus on dolphin protection. The aim is to advise customers against visiting dolphinaria and swimming with dolphins by educating and raising awareness of the issue. Such activities will no longer be advertised. Hotelplan Suisse and OceanCare aim to ra [more]
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