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Meeting to support Small island developing States in preparing for the Ocean Conference on SDG 14

Jeju Island, Republic of Korea




Division for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) is organizing a Small island developing States SIDS) 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.

From 5 to 9 June 2017, a 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 (the Ocean Conference). The Conference will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden. 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, a report containing the co-chairs' summaries of the partnership dialogues, and a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference.

SIDS have a strong stake in the success of the Conference, as their societies, culture and economies are inherently linked with oceans. Their resilience, survival and prosperity is connected to oceans. Healthy, productive and resilient oceans and coasts are critical for poverty eradication, access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food, livelihoods, economic development and essential ecosystem services, including carbon sequestration, and represent an important element of identity and culture for the people of SIDS.

In light of the above, the meeting is expected to be practical and action-oriented, focusing on strengthening analytical and negotiating skills in order to successfully include SIDS priorities in the Call for Action as a key deliverable of the Conference. It is targeted to delegates from SIDS engaged in these areas.