It has been more than three years since the first UN Ocean Conference. With the second Conference still delayed due to the ongoing pandemic, and four SDG14 targets having matured in 2020, Member States and the international community will benefit from a progress update on the achievement of SDG14, and the ocean related goals. As such, the President of the General Assembly will convene a high-level thematic debate at United Nations Headquarters on 1 June 2021, to support the positive momentum of implementation of SDG14.
With support from the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, as well as the United Nations Special Envoy for the Ocean, this high-level thematic debate will serve as a drumbeat ahead of the 2nd UN Ocean Conference. As we ride the tide into the 2nd UN Ocean Conference, there must be a clear demonstration of progress, with more ambitious and innovative commitments to restoring and conserving our marine environments.