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 United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have the co-hosting responsibilities of the Conference.
The President of the United Nations General Assembly Peter Thomson convened an informal briefing on 13 December 2016 for Member States and stakeholders on the ongoing preparations for the Ocean Conference and its preparatory meeting. He stressed that the Ocean Conference will be a great opportunity for Member States and all stakeholders to assess challenges, identify concrete actions, as well as to strengthen partnerships to advance the implementation of SDG. Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and the Secretary-General of the Conference, provided information on the organizational work of the Conference. Member States and stakeholders expressed great support to this process.
The preparatory meeting of the Conference will be held on 15 and 16 February 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It will be co-chaired by the two co-facilitators, H.E. Mr. Álvaro Mendonçae Moura, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the UN, and H.E. Mr. Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the UN. The meeting will consider the themes for the partnership dialogues and elements for a "Call for Action".
The co-facilitators convened a briefing on 1 February for Members States and stakeholders on the preparations for the preparatory meeting and shared the draft programme of the meeting. They also had a webex with all stakeholders on the 2 February to inform them about the preparatory meeting.
The preparatory meeting will be informed by the Secretary-General’s background note, which includes a proposal for themes of the partnership dialogues. The advance unedited version of the background note has been made available on the Conference website, as well as the inputs from UN system organizations.
Based on the deliberations at the preparatory meeting and other inputs, the co-facilitators will present a concise draft “Call for Action” in March 2017. The intergovernmental consultations on a “Call for Action”, to be conducted in New York and to be facilitated by the co-facilitators, will be concluded by May 2017.
Registration to the Conference in June 2017 has been open, with information available on the Conference website.
In addition to the official meetings, side events and exhibitions will be also organized, on the margins the preparatory meeting and of the Conference, focusing on tangible partnerships on oceans for sustainable development.
Outcomes of The Ocean Conference include:
Voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference are initiatives voluntarily undertaken by Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international and regional financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors – individually or in partnership – that aim to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. Any voluntary commitments made within the framework of the 2030 Agenda targeting SDG 14 can be registered as voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference.
On the first day of the preparatory meeting, 15 February 2017, from 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm in Conference room 3 at the UN Headquarters, a special side event will be held on the launch of the voluntary commitment process for the 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.
The Ocean Conference website: https://oceanconference.un.org
Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) is organizing a Small island developing States (SIDS) expert group meeting in consultations 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 to support SIDS in preparing for the Ocean Conference on SDG 14.