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Peter Thomson

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean




Amb. Peter ThomsonIn 2017, the United Nations Secretary-General Guterres appointed Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean, aiming at galvanizing concerted efforts to follow up on the outcomes of the 2017 United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference, maintaining the momentum for action to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Mr. Thomson leads UN's advocacy and public outreach efforts inside and outside of the UN system, ensuring that the many positive outcomes of The 2017 Ocean Conference, including the over 1500 voluntary commitments, are analysed and implemented. He also works with civil society, the scientific community, the private sector, and other relevant stakeholders, to coalesce and encourage their activities in support of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

Mr. Thomson brings a distinguished experience in diplomatic services and is familiar with the work of the United Nations, including as Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN and President of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, during which he provided visionary leadership in guiding the preparation of The 2017 Ocean Conference.

Elected President of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority's 2011-2012 session and President of the Council of the Authority's 2015-2016 session, Mr. Thomson chaired the Group of 77 and China (2013) and served as President of the Executive Board of UN Development Programme/UN Population Fund/UN Office for Programme Support (UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS) from 2014 to 2015. As a civil servant in the Government of Fiji, he devoted many years of his life to working in the fields of rural development and then foreign affairs.


Ms. Elisabeth Holland, University of the South Pacific

Ms. Gloria Fluxà, Vice-Chairman Iberostar Group

Ms. Ingrid Giskes, Director The Global Ghost Gear Initiative

Ms. Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, Vice President Monterey Bay Aquarium

Ms. Jennifer Morris, CEO The Nature Conservancy

HLD on the Ocean, Mr. Luke Mullen, Actor and environmentalist

HLD on the Ocean, Ms. Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada

Webinar: Communities of Ocean Action on Ocean Acidification

Ocean Conservation as a global priority – Facebook Live with Ambassador Peter Thomson and Carol Phua

16th Infofish Virtual World Tuna Trade Conference

Blue Cradle dialogues episode 2

WMO and the Ocean

Ocean Encounters

Pioneers for Our Planet

OECD Review of Fisheries

Ocean Health for Ocean Wealth

UN Secretary-General António Guterres - State of the Planet

Oceans and Seas

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