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UN SDG14 CONFERENCE - 5-9 June 2017, New York

Theme: Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnering for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

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Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14

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 Conference aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity. It will be solutions-focused with engagement from all.

The Conference shall:
  • Identify ways and means to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14;
  • Build on existing successful partnerships and stimulate innovative and concrete new partnerships to advance the implementation of Goal 14;
  • Involve all relevant stakeholders, bringing together Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors to assess challenges and opportunities relating to, as well as actions taken towards, the implementation of Goal 14;
  • Share the experiences gained at the national, regional and international levels in the implementation of Goal 14;
  • Contribute to the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by providing an input to the high-level political forum on sustainable development, in accordance with resolutions 67/290 of 9 July 2013, 70/1 of 25 September 2015 and 70/299 of 29 July 2016, on the implementation of Goal 14, including on opportunities to strengthen progress in the future;
The Conference shall comprise plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day. The Conference shall adopt by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration in the form of a "Call for Action" to support the implementation of Goal 14 and a report containing the co-chairs' summaries of the partnership dialogues, as well as a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference. The President of the General Assembly will convene a two-day preparatory meeting, on 15-16 February 2017, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, to be chaired by H.E. Mr. Alvaro Mendonya Moura, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the UN, and H.E. Mr. Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the UN, the two co-facilitators, with a view to considering the themes for the partnership dialogues and elements for a "Call for Action".

Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations is the Secretary-General of the Conference. Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel is the special advisor to the Presidents of the Conference on oceans and legal matters.

Schedule/Side Events

5th June 11.00 am -12.30 pm

Financing for the  Blue Economy in Small Island Developing States

Government of Grenada and OECD

Room A

 1.15-3.00 pm

Regular Process Side and Media Events  

Government of Barbados, New Zealand and DOALOS

                             

Room B and S-237

 1.15-2.30 pmTransitioning to the Blue Economy: Partnerships, Innovation and Approaches for Small Island States
Government of Grenada, Government of the Cabo Verde,
UNDP, The Nature Conservancy, and
the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

Room 1

 3-4.30 pm

The Belize Model for Sustainable Small Scale Fisheries:  a partnership success story

Government of Belize  and the Environmental Defense Fund

Room B
 3-6 pm  PARTNERSIP DIALOGUE 1: ADDRESSING MARINE POLLUTIONROOM 4
6th June1.15-2.30 pm     

Harnessing  the Blue Economy to increase Economic Benefits for SIDS  and LDCs
Secretariat of the African and Pacific Group of States in partnership
with the Commonweealth Secrtariat, the Government of Seychelles,
the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism and Secretarait of the
Pacific Island Forum

  Room B
 10 am- 1 pm

PARTNERSHIP DIALOGUE 2: MANAGING , PROTECTING, CONSERVING 
AND RESTORING MARINE AND COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS

ROOM 4
 3.00-4.30 pm

UNCLOS as the cornerstone in the implementation of SDG 14   

Governments of Jamaica and Singapore
Express Bar 3rd Floor
 3.00-4.30 pm     

Small Island Developing States: Taking the Lead for Sustainable Ocean Communities
NGO Committtee on Sustainable Development-NY, Permanent

Mission of the Republic of Vanuatu to the UN, Permanent Mission
of the Republic of Maldives to the UN, Permanent Mission of
Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, Peace Boat US,
Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, Form
and Matter Foundation

  Room 12
 3-6 pm 

PARTNERSHIP DIALOGUE 3: MINIMISING AND ADDRESSING  OCEAN ACIDIFICATION

      ROOM 4
 6.30-7.45 pm

Food from the Ocean

Governments of Norway and Grenada, UN Environment, UN Committee
on world Food Security (CFS), FAO, WHO, Norwegian National Institute for
Seafood and Nutrition Research (NIFES), Norweigian Centre of Expertise Seafood
Innovation Cluster, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism

Room A
7th June10 AM- 1 P.M     PARTNERSHIP DIALOGUE 4: MAKING FISHERIES SUSTAINABLE    
 3-6 pm

PARTNERSHIP DIALOGUE 5: INCREASING ECONOMIC BENEFITS 
 TO SIDS AND LDCS AND PROVIDING ACCESS FOR SMALL SCALE
ARTISNAL FISHERS TO MARINE RESOURCES AND MARKETS
Government of Grenada, Government of Estonia

  ROOM 4
 5-6.15 pm

Ocean Governance and SIDS Sustainable Development              
Government of Belize, Government of Barbados,
CARICOM Secretarit and the University of the West Indies

Room 12
8th June11.00 am-12.30 pm

Energy Services from organic waste: integrated waste management solutions for coastal, marine and freshwater
protection in SIDS
Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Efficiency (CCREE),
SIDSDOCK, UNIDO and the CARICOM Energy Programme,
Governments of Austria and Spain

   Room A
 3-6 pm 

PARTNERSHIP DIALOGUE 6: INCREASING SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE        
AND DEVELOPMENT, RESEARCH CAPACITY AND TRANSFER OF
MARINE TECHNOLOGY

  ROOM 4
 5.00-6.15pm      

Achieving SDG 14: Scaling-up Successful Approaches to Sustainable  
Fisheries Development and Management in the Caribbean SIDS Region
through cooperation and partnerships
Governments of Belize and  St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
Government of Norway, Iceland through the United Nations
University –Fisheries Training Programme, Caribbean
Regional Fisheries Mechanism and CARICOM Secretariat

   Room A
 5.00-6.15 pm     

Achieving SDG 14 Goals: Sustainable Management of                                
Marine Protected Areas
Permanent Missions of Italy, Poland, The Bahamas,
Kenya and Palau

   Room 12
 615-7.30 pm      

Blue Bioeconomy in Small Islands and SDG 14                                                  
Government of Grenada, Government of Iceland, Cabo Verde,
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism; FAO; Faore Islands,

Jamaica , Nordic Council of Ministers; Norway; Seychelles; Sweden;

UNU Fisheries Programme

Room 11
 6.15 -7.30 pm    

Addressing Oceans and Climate Building the Blue Economy:                    
Essential to SDG 14 Implementation
International Coastal and Ocean Organisation Global Ocean
Forum Secretarait; Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission,
Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal, Ocean Policy Research Institute,
Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Governments of Grenada and Seychelles

  Room 1
9th June10 am- 1 pm

PARTNERSHIP DIALOGUE 7: ENHANCING THE CONSERVATION                
AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF OCEANS AND THEIR RESOURCES BY
IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AS REFLECTED
IN THE UNCLOS

  ROOM 4

Partnership Dialogues

There will be seven Partnership Dialogues during the Conference

The themes for these Partnership Dialogues have been identified as follows -

  • Addressing marine pollution (SDG 14 Target 14.1);
  • Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems (SDG 14 Targets 14.2 and 14.5);
  • Minimising and addressing ocean acidification (SDG 14  Target 14.3);
  • Making fisheries sustainable (SDG 14 Targets 14.4 and 14.6);
  • Increasing economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs and providing access for small scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets;
  • Increasing scientific knowledge and developing research capacity and transfer of marine technology (SDG 14  Target 14a); and
  • Implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS (SDG 14 Target 14c).

Questions and Answers..

VISION FOR WAY AHEAD

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, aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity. It will be solutions-focused with engagement from all, including Member States and the broader community. Towards achieving this objective, the Ocean Conference calls for the engagement of all relevant stakeholders, bringing together Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, civil society, mayors, children, youth and others who will utilize this momentum to galvanize action-oriented partnerships at all levels – local, national and global - that provide lasting and long term solutions.


BACKGROUND & BASICS
  • Date and venue: 5-9 June 2017, New York, UN Headquarters. To be kick-started by World Environment Day (5 June) & integrate World Oceans Day celebration (8 June).
  • Theme: “Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14”
  • Key objective: Support the implementation of SDG14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Format: 8 plenary meetings, 7 partnership dialogues, and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day.
  • Presidents of the Conference: Fiji and Sweden
  • Secretary-General of the Conference: Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations
  • Special advisor to the Presidents of the Conference on oceans and legal matters: Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel
  • Co-facilitators of the preparatory process: H.E. Mr. Álvaro Mendonçae Moura, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations, and H.E. Mr. Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations
  • Preparatory meeting: 15 - 16 February 2017, New York, UN Headquarters, stakeholders are welcome as observers

OUTCOMES
  • Political outcome: Call for Action - A concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration. The deliberations will start in the preparatory meeting in February 2017. A draft will be presented by the co-facilitators no later than March 2017, with consultations to be concluded by May 2017
  • Co-chairs’ summaries of the partnership dialogues: The partnership dialogues will be multi-stakeholder and interactive. They will aim on strengthening cooperation, scaling up and replicating existing successful initiatives and launching concrete and new partnerships that will advance the implementation of SDG14. Themes to be determined at preparatory meeting in February
  • Voluntary Commitments: Voluntary commitments for the implementation of SDG 14 will be announced at the Conference and online in advance of the Conference

OPPORTUNITIES
  • Raising Awareness: The Conference provides significant potential to raise awareness on the importance of the Ocean and implementing SDG14. Meaningful events that complement the Conference that enhance global attention and action are encouraged, including side events in the margins of the Conference and the preparatory meeting, media and social media engagement, such as the SDG media zone or press conferences and exhibitions at the United Nations during the conference.

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