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Oceans and Seas

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Oceans, seas and coastal areas form an integrated and essential component of the Earth’s ecosystem and are critical to sustainable development. They cover more than two-thirds of the earth’s surface and contain 97% of the planet’s water. Oceans contribute to poverty eradication by creating sustainable livelihoods and decent work. Over three billion people depend on marine and coastal resources for their livelihoods. In addition, oceans are crucial for global food security and human health. They are also the primary regulator of the global climate, an important sink for greenhouse gases and they provide us with water and the oxygen we breathe. Finally, oceans host huge reservoirs of biodiversity.

The importance of oceans for sustainable development is widely recognized by the international community and embodied in Chapter 17 of Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and various decisions taken by the Commission on Sustainable Development. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment emphasizes that all humans depend on the Earth’s ecosystems and the services they provide. In the Rio+20 outcome document,The future we want, Member States called for “holistic and integrated approaches to sustainable development that will guide humanity to live in harmony with nature and lead to efforts to restore the health and integrity of the Earth’s ecosystem”. In this context, they stressed, among others, the importance of “the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and seas and of their resources for sustainable development, including through their contributions to poverty eradication, sustained economic growth, food security and creation of sustainable livelihoods and decent work…”. Accordingly, the Proposal of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals submitted to the United Nations General Assembly in August 2014 contained sustainable development goal (SDG) 14 which aims to “Conserve and sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. Issues related to oceans and seas are addressed in the 10 targets under SDG 14, as well as many other related SDGs, under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the outcome document of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the posst-2015 development agenda in 2015.

In order for oceans, seas and marine resources to successfully contribute to human well-being, ecosystem integrity, with properly functioning biogeochemical and physical processes, is required. This does not require unperturbed systems, but systems that have not suffered serious or irreversible harm. Ecosystem integrity allows for the provision of so-called supporting ecosystem services which, in turn, are the bases of important regulating, provisioning and cultural ecosystem services that are of crucial importance for humans. Whereas the benefits provided by oceans, seas and marine resources are important to all people, the poor, indigenous peoples, and vulnerable groups with a high dependency on natural resources and ecosystem services may have their well-being especially tied to these benefits. The link between oceans, seas and marine resources and human well-being is not one-sided. While an increase in human well-being is frequently generated at the cost of ecosystem integrity, it can also potentially reduce the negative anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment, for example due to a more sustainable use of resources, changes in production and consumption patterns and improved management and control of human activities. In order for this to happen, good governance and an enabling environment are however required.

Oceans, seas and marine resources are increasingly threatened, degraded or destroyed by human activities, reducing their ability to provide crucial ecosystem services. Important classes of threats are, among others, climate change, marine pollution, unsustainable extraction of marine resources and physical alterations and destruction of marine and coastal habitats and landscapes. The deterioration of coastal and marine ecosystems and habitats is negatively affecting human well-being worldwide.

Good governance, an enabling environment, sustainable land- and marine- based human activities, and adequate measures will be required to reduce the negative anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment, for example due to a more sustainable use of resources, changes in production and consumption patterns and improved management and control of human activities. Projects and measures should ideally be designed and implemented in an integrated, cross-sectoral and cross-scale manner, in line with the ecosystem approach and involving all stakeholders.

Human well-being cannot be achieved without the protection and conservation of the Earth’s ecosystem. To maintain the quality of life that the oceans have provided to humankind, while sustaining the integrity of their ecosystems, a change will be required in how humans view, manage and use oceans, seas and marine resources.

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TST Issues Brief: Oceans and Seas Technical Support Team (TST) Issues Briefs 29-Oct-2013
Border crossing facilitation conventions Side Event Summaries 21-Dec-2016
Summary Summaries
Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Ocean Statement 2021 Statements 3-May-2021
Statement to FAOs Committee on Fisheries Statements 9-Jul-2018
Flyer - Blue Carbon Ecosystem – Fundamental for Ocean and Human Health Side events 15-Feb-2017
Summary of the Side Event: Financing Sustainable Transport Infrastructure for enhanced connectivity of… Side events 21-Dec-2016
Summary of Side Event - Blue Carbon Ecosystem Side events 30-Mar-2017
Programme for the special event on the launch of the voluntary commitment process for the Ocean Conference Side events 13-Feb-2017
Voluntary initiatives in the rail and public transport sector contributing to the SDGs Side events 21-Dec-2016
Summary of Side Event - Towards a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on Oceans and Seas: Healthy, Productive… Side events 11-Feb-2014
Flyer for side event - Towards a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on Oceans and Seas: Healthy, Productive… Side events 11-Feb-2014
Programme of Side Events - Ocean Conference Side events 10-May-2017
Summary of Side Event - The role of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in sustainable development Side events 13-Feb-2014
Side Event - Communities of Ocean Action (COAs) in support of the implementation of SDG14 Side events 22-Mar-2019
E/CN.17/2001/PC16 - Oceans and seas Secretary-General Reports 14-Mar-2001
E/CN.17/1996/3 - Report prepared for the intersessional on the Protection of Oceans, Seas and Coastal Areas Secretary-General Reports 12-Feb-1996
E/CN.17/2001/PC/16 - Oceans and seas Secretary-General Reports 14-Mar-2001
A/68/258 - Cooperative measures to assess and increase awareness of environmental effects related to waste… Secretary-General Reports 24-Jul-2013
E/CN.17/1999/4/Add.1 - Addendum: Trends in national implementation Secretary-General Reports 1-Feb-1999
A/72/70/Add.1 - Oceans and the law of the sea Secretary-General Reports 6-Sep-2017
A/66/298 - Protection of coral reefs for sustainable livelihoods and development Secretary-General Reports 12-Aug-2011
A/61/268 - Promoting an integrated management approach to the Caribbean Sea area in the context of… Secretary-General Reports 17-Aug-2006
E/CN.17/1999/4 - Oceans and Seas Secretary-General Reports 8-Feb-1999
A/72/70 - Oceans and the law of the sea Secretary-General Reports 6-Mar-2017
E/CN.17/1997/2/Add.16 - Overall progress achieved since UNCED, Add. 16 on Chapter 17 of Agenda 21 Secretary-General Reports 24-Jan-1997
A/73/225 - Sustainable Development of the Caribbean Sea for present and future generations Secretary-General Reports 24-Jul-2018
E/CN.17/1996/3/Add.1 - Implementation of Agenda 21, Chapter 17 Secretary-General Reports 8-Apr-1996
A/RES/48/28 - Law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 11-Jan-1994
A/RES/69/292 - Development of an international legally binding instrument under UNCLOS on the conservation and… Resolutions and decisions 6-Jul-2015
A/RES/59/25 - Sustainable fisheries, incl. through 1995 Agreement for Implementation of Provisions of United… Resolutions and decisions 17-Jan-2005
A/RES/51/36 - Large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing; unauthorized fishing in zones of national jurisdiction… Resolutions and decisions 21-Jan-1997
A/RES/70/235 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 15-Mar-2016
A/RES/65/150 - Protection of coral reefs for sustainable livelihoods and development Resolutions and decisions 16-Feb-2011
A/RES/56/13 - Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea… Resolutions and decisions 13-Dec-2001
A/RES/50/23 - Law of the Sea Resolutions and decisions 22-Dec-1995
A/RES/70/303 - Modalities for the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable… Resolutions and decisions 23-Sep-2016
A/RES/72/249 - International legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of… Resolutions and decisions 19-Jan-2018
A/RES/S-19/2 - Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 Resolutions and decisions 19-Sep-1997
A/RES/62/215 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 14-Mar-2008
A/RES/53/33 - Large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing, unauthorized fishing in zones of national jurisdiction… Resolutions and decisions 6-Jan-1999
A/RES/48/194 - United Nations Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks Resolutions and decisions 18-Jan-1994
A/RES/59/24 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 4-Feb-2005
A/RES/51/189 - Institutional arrangements for the implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the… Resolutions and decisions 21-Feb-1997
A/RES/70/75 - Sustainable fisheries, including through the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the… Resolutions and decisions 22-Feb-2016
A/RES/55/203 - Promoting an integrated management approach to the Caribbean Sea area in the context of… Resolutions and decisions 8-Feb-2001
A/RES/65/37 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 17-Mar-2011
A/RES/56/12 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 13-Dec-2001
A/RES/50/24 - Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks Resolutions and decisions 22-Dec-1995
A/68/70 - Strengthening the role of evaluation and the application of evaluation findings on programme design,… Resolutions and decisions 2-Apr-2013
A/RES/63/111 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 12-Feb-2009
A/RES/55/2 - United Nations Millennium Declaration Resolutions and decisions 18-Sep-2000
A/73/L.82 - 2020 United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14:… Resolutions and decisions 29-Apr-2019
A/RES/48/263 - Agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of UNCLOS Resolutions and decisions 17-Aug-1994
A/RES/60/30 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 8-Mar-2006
A/RES/52/28 - Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea… Resolutions and decisions 26-Jan-1998
A/RES/54/225 - Promoting an integrated management approach to the Caribbean Sea area in the context of… Resolutions and decisions 15-Feb-2000
A/RES/65/38 - Sustainable fisheries, incl. through 1995 Agreement for Implementation of Provisions of United… Resolutions and decisions 30-Mar-2011
A/RES/69/245 - Oceans and the role of the law Resolutions and decisions 29-Dec-2014
A/RES/57/33 - Plenary meetings of the General Assembly on 9 and 10 December 2002 devoted to the consideration of… Resolutions and decisions 22-Sep-2002
A/RES/50/25 - Large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing; unauthorized fishing in zones of national jurisdiction… Resolutions and decisions 4-Jan-1996
A/RES/63/112 - Sustainable fisheries, incl. through 1995 Agreement for Implementation of Provisions of United… Resolutions and decisions 24-Feb-2009
A/RES/54/31 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 18-Jan-2000
A/RES/49/28 - Law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 19-Dec-1994
A/RES/60/31 - Sustainable fisheries, incl. through 1995 Agreement for Implementation of Provisions of United… Resolutions and decisions 10-Mar-2006
A/RES/52/29 - Large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing; unauthorized fishing in zones of national jurisdiction… Resolutions and decisions 26-Jan-1998
A/RES/54/33 -Results of the review by the Commission on Sustainable Development of the sectoral theme of “Oceans and… Resolutions and decisions 18-Jan-2000
A/RES/65/37 B - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 5-May-2011
A/RES/69/109 - Sustainable fisheries, including through the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the… Resolutions and decisions 6-Feb-2015
A/RES/57/143 - Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the… Resolutions and decisions 26-Feb-2003
A/RES/37/66 - Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea Resolutions and decisions 3-Dec-1982
A/RES/52/27 - Agreement concerning the Relationship between the United Nations and the International Seabed… Resolutions and decisions 26-Jan-1997
A/RES/71/257 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 20-Feb-2017
A/RES/57/261 - Promoting an integrated management approach to the Caribbean Sea area in the context of… Resolutions and decisions 27-Feb-2003
A/RES/64/71 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 12-Mar-2010
A/RES/70/1 - Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Resolutions and decisions 21-Oct-2015
A/RES/54/32 -Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the… Resolutions and decisions 19-Jan-2000
A/RES/49/121 - United Nations Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks Resolutions and decisions 10-Jan-1995
A/RES/70/226 - United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14:… Resolutions and decisions 12-Feb-2016
A/RES/61/222 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 16-Mar-2007
A/CONF.230/14 - Report of the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development… Resolutions and decisions 15-Jun-2017
A/RES/52/26 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 2-Mar-1998
A/RES/66/68 - Sustainable fisheries, incl. through 1995 Agreement for Implementation of Provisions of United… Resolutions and decisions 28-Mar-2012
A/RES/58/14 - Sustainable fisheries, incl. through 1995 Agreement for Implementation of Provisions of United… Resolutions and decisions 21-Jan-2004
A/RES/46/215 - Large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing and its impact on the living marine resources of the… Resolutions and decisions 20-Dec-1991
A/RES/51/34 - Law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 17-Jan-1997
A/RES/71/123 - Sustainable fisheries, including through the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the… Resolutions and decisions 13-Feb-2017
A/RES/57/142 - Large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing, unauthorized fishing in zones of national… Resolutions and decisions 26-Feb-2003
A/RES/64/72 - Sustainable fisheries, incl. through 1995 Agreement for Implementation of Provisions of United… Resolutions and decisions 19-Mar-2010
A/RES/55/7 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 27-Feb-2001
A/RES/49/116-Unauthorized fishing in zones of national jurisdiction and its impact on the living marine… Resolutions and decisions 22-Feb-1995
A/RES/72/72 - Sustainable fisheries, including through the 1995 Agreement for the Implementation of the… Resolutions and decisions 19-Jan-2018
A/RES/61/105 - Sustainable fisheries, incl. through 1995 Agreement for Implementation of Provisions of United… Resolutions and decisions 6-Mar-2007
A/RES/52/251 - Agreement on Cooperation and Relationship between the United Nations and the International… Resolutions and decisions 15-Sep-1998
A/RES/66/194 - Protection of coral reefs for sustainable livelihoods and development Resolutions and decisions 22-Feb-2012
A/CONF.164/37-1995 United Nations Fish Stock Agreement Resolutions and decisions 8-Sep-1995
A/RES/58/240 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 5-Mar-2004
A/RES/47/192-United Nations Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks Resolutions and decisions 29-Jan-1993
A/RES/51/35 - Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea… Resolutions and decisions 17-Jan-1997
A/RES/71/124 - World Tuna Day Resolutions and decisions 19-Dec-2016
A/RES/57/141 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 21-Feb-2003
A/RES/65/1 - Keeping the promise: united to achieve the Millennium Development Goals Resolutions and decisions 19-Oct-2010
A/RES/55/8 - Large-scale pelagic drift-net fishing, unauthorized fishing in zones of national jurisdiction… Resolutions and decisions 2-Mar-2001
A/RES/49/118-Fisheries by-catch and discards and their impact on the sustainable use of the world's… Resolutions and decisions 2-Feb-1995
A/RES/72/73 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 4-Jan-2018
A/RES/62/177 - Sustainable fisheries, incl. through 1995 Agreement for Implementation of Provisions of United… Resolutions and decisions 28-Feb-2008
A/RES/53/32 - Oceans and the law of the sea Resolutions and decisions 6-Jan-1999
COA on Marine and coastal ecosystems management (Interim report) Reports 16-May-2019
Assessment of the Impacts of the United Nations Ocean Conference Voluntary Commitments Reports
COA on Sustainable fisheries (Interim assessment) Reports 16-May-2019
Report of the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14:… Reports 12-Sep-2017
COA on Marine pollution (Interim assessment) Reports 16-May-2019
COA on Marine and coastal ecosystems management (Analysis) Reports 16-May-2019
COA on Ocean acidification (Abridged version) Reports 16-May-2019
COA on Coral reefs (Interim assessment) Reports 16-May-2019
COA on Ocean acidification (Interim assessment) Reports 16-May-2019
COA on Implementation of international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea… Reports 16-May-2019
COA on Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology (Interim… Reports 16-May-2019
"Promotion and Strengthening of Sustainable Ocean-based Economies" Report Reports 16-Jul-2021
COA on Mangroves (Interim assessment) Reports 16-May-2019
COA on Sustainable blue economy (Interim assessment) Reports 16-May-2019
Provisional agenda Provisional agenda 21-Mar-2017
Programme - Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean Programme 11-Oct-2018
Programme EGM on SIDS, Climate Change and Oceans Programme 2-Sep-2015
Programme-How Are the Communities of Ocean Action Addressing Climate Change? (SDG Pavillion) Programme 3-Dec-2018
Press release - 1,500 concrete actions now registered on UN platform to save our ocean Press releases 19-Dec-2018
Press Release: Building Communities of Ocean Action on Marine pollution Press releases 8-Dec-2017
Press Release - UN calls for commitments to safeguard the world’s oceans ahead of first major conference Press releases 15-Feb-2017
Webinar of the Community of Ocean Action on Marine Pollution – Plastic Waste Input into the Ocean: Science and… Presentations 27-Sep-2018
Outcome Document - Introduction to the Proposal of the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals Outcome Documents 19-Jul-2014
Synthesis of Voluntary National Reviews 2016 Outcome Documents 13-Feb-2017
A/RES/71/312 - Our ocean, our future: call for action Outcome Document 6-Jul-2017
Biographies of Speakers Other documents 21-Jun-2019
Sailing for Change: Peace Boat and the SDGs - Information note 2 Other documents 14-Feb-2017
Ambassador Peter Thomson speech at UNFSS Pre-Summit in Rome Other documents 28-Jul-2021
Preparatory Meeting for Ocean Conference. Side Events Guidelines. Other documents 10-Feb-2017
Vulnerability of Nearshore Ecosystems from Rapid Intensive Coastal Development - Chinese Academy of Fishery… Other documents 19-Jun-2015
Agenda - Side event on Challenges and opportunities in implementing the Rio+20 ocean outcomes Other documents 20-Jun-2013
Flyer - What are the Communities of Ocean Action? Other documents 29-Mar-2019
Talking points by Mr. Serpa Soares, United Nations Legal Counsel and Special Advisor on oceans and legal… Other documents 28-Jan-2017
Summary Report - by IISD Other documents 11-Feb-2013
Ocean-Biodiversity-Poverty alleviation nexus - IOC/UNESCO Other documents 19-Jun-2015
Guidance note on Voluntary Commitments for SDG 14 and The Ocean Conference Other documents 15-Feb-2017
IAEA Summary Report - NUTEC Plastics Roundtable Other documents 1-Sep-2021
Provisional rules of procedure Other documents 21-Mar-2017
UNOOSA Input Other documents 19-Jun-2015
Prep Process Ocean Conference Side Events Other documents 13-Feb-2017
Event Note: UN Ocean Conference Community of Ocean Action on Mangroves: Progress and Opportunities Other documents 6-Nov-2018
Concept papers for partnership dialogues Other documents 9-Mar-2017
Flyer - From Commitments to Action: Implementing SDG14 Other documents 23-Apr-2019
Informal briefing by the co-facilitators on the preparations for the preparatory meeting for the United Nations… Other documents 1-Feb-2017
Flyer on Expert Panel on Ocean Acidification Other documents 11-Feb-2013
French Marine Protected Areas Agency Other documents 19-Jun-2015
Background Notes Other documents 2-Sep-2015
In-depth analysis of Ocean Conference Voluntary Commitments to support and monitor their implementation Other documents 4-Dec-2017
Ocean Action Newsletter: Vol. 8 Other documents 21-Dec-2018
Important inter-linkages between oceans, seas, marine resources and human well-being Other documents 19-Jun-2015
Provisional List of Speakers to the Ocean Conference Other documents 31-May-2017
Event Note - COP13 Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future Other documents 6-Nov-2018
Ocean Action Newsletter: Youth and the Ocean (April 2021) Other documents 30-Apr-2021
Presentation of the Secretary-General’s background note for the preparatory process of the United Nations… Other documents 1-Feb-2017
Aide-memoire EGM on Oceans, Seas and Sustainable Development: Implementation and follow-up to Rio+20 Other documents 18-Apr-2013
Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway Other documents 19-Jun-2015
Concept note Other documents 2-Sep-2015
Impact of important classes of threats on oceans, seas, marine resources and human well-being nexus Other documents 19-Jun-2015
Remarks from Mr. Wu Hongbo, Secretary-General of the Conference, at the Annual Parliamentary Hearing of The… Other documents 13-Feb-2017
Flyer- How Are the Communities of Ocean Action Addressing Climate Change? (SDG Pavillion) Other documents 3-Dec-2018
Statement of Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal… Other documents 1-Feb-2017
Speech by UN Special Envoy for the Ocean At the High-Level Conference, Financing the Resilience of SIDS St. Paul’s,… Other documents 21-May-2018
Programme -EGM on Oceans, Seas and Sustainable Development: Implementation and follow-up to Rio+20 Other documents 18-Apr-2013
Conceptual grounding on the biodiversity – poverty nexus - Kiel University Other documents 19-Jun-2015
Flyer on Symposium: SDG 14 Pacific commitments Other documents 13-Dec-2017
Summary Report - Fostering partnerships for implementation of SDG14 Other documents 22-Feb-2017
The Role of the Engineer in the Preservation of the Coastal Environment, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering… Other documents 19-Jun-2015
Selected regional and local case studies of addressing threats affecting the nexus Other documents 19-Jun-2015
Publicaton: The Potential of the Blue Economy Other documents 6-Jun-2017
Summary Other documents 19-Apr-2013
Informal briefing by the President of the General Assembly on the ongoing preparations for the Ocean Conference (13… Other documents 14-Dec-2016
Briefing by the co-facilitators of the preparatory process Other documents 1-Feb-2017
Poverty Implications of Ocean Health: The neglected billions - Kiel Institute for the World Economy Other documents 19-Jun-2015
Ocean Action Newsletter: Vol. 13 Other documents 22-Apr-2020
Ocean Sidge Guide and Form Other documents 27-Feb-2017
Ocean Action Newsletter: Vol. 9 Other documents 1-Mar-2019
Fisheries and aquaculture – promoting decent work as a strategy for responsible fishing - FAO Other documents 19-Jun-2015
Draft consultation paper - Follow-up to The Ocean Conference Voluntary Commitments for the implementation of… Other documents 11-Jul-2017
Ocean Action Newsletter: Vol. 10 Other documents 7-Jun-2019
Sailing for Change: Peace Boat and the SDGs - Information note 1 Other documents 14-Feb-2017
Commitment made by the Special Envoy for the Ocean at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya on 26… Other documents 4-Dec-2018
Registration form for Whales in a Changing Ocean Other documents 29-Mar-2017
Wildlife, equity, profits: Socioeconomic implications of marine conservation. The Integrated Marine… Other documents 19-Jun-2015
Flyer: Biodiversity: The Ocean’s Role Other documents 21-Sep-2020
Ocen Conference Logo Guidelines Other documents 26-Jan-2017
Small-scale fisheries– bringing together social development and responsible fisheries - FAO Other documents 19-Jun-2015
E/CN.17/1999/14 - Report of the Second London Oceans Workshop, London, 10-12 December 1998 Meeting reports 17-Feb-1999
Meeting Report - Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean Meeting reports 20-Dec-2018
E/CN.17/1996/38 - Report of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development on the 4th Session (18 April-3… Meeting reports 18-Apr-1996
Meeting Report - From Commitments to Action: Implementing SDG14 Meeting reports 26-Jul-2019
E/CN.17/1999/20 - Changing Consumption and Production Patterns Meeting reports 30-Apr-1999
E/CN.17/1996/23 - London Workshop on Global Decisions on Ocean Issues Meeting reports 26-Feb-1996
E/CN.17/1999/17 - Report of the Ad Hoc Intersessional Working Group II Meeting reports 16-Mar-1999
E/CN.17/1999/15 - Report of the regional Conference on Cooperation for the Development and Protection of the… Meeting reports 24-Feb-1999
E/CN.17/ISWG.II/1999/1 - Provisional annotated agenda of the Ad Hoc Intersessional Working Group II on Oceans… Meeting reports 26-Jan-1999
List of accredited IGOs that can participate in the Ocean Conference Logistics 21-Dec-2016
Ocean Conference MGoS Information Note Logistics 25-May-2017
Information Note Logistics 2-May-2019
Participation and Registration Note for the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of… Logistics 16-Dec-2016
A/CONF.230/INF/1 - Information for participants Logistics 10-May-2017
Logistics note for stakeholders on the preparatory meeting Logistics 10-Feb-2017
Letter from Mr. Wu Hongbo, USG, DESA to all Permanent Representatives and Permanent Observers to the UN (27 Feb… Letters 28-Feb-2017
Letter from President of the General Assembly on appointing the co-facilitators, PRs of Portugal and Singapore, to… Letters 24-Oct-2016
Letter from Special Envoy to UNFCCC on COP26 and the Ocean-Climate Nexus Letters 20-Apr-2021
Letter from President of the General Assembly convening a briefing on the ongoing preparations for the Conference… Letters 24-Nov-2016
Revised zero draft of the Call for Action - Letter from the PGA (10 Apr 2017) Letters 10-Mar-2017
Final Draft Call for Action - Letter from the PGA (26 May 2017) Letters 26-May-2017
Letter from Mr. Wu Hongbo, USG, DESA, seeking contributions to the trust fund in support of preparations for… Letters 7-Dec-2016
Invitation letter of Sweden and Fiji, co-presidents of the Ocean Conference (2 Mar 2017) Letters 2-Mar-2017
Letter from the President of the General Assembly on the Draft Resolution on Modalities of the Conference (24 May 2016… Letters 27-May-2016
Letter from the PGA to Representatives of Non-Governmental and Civil Society Organizations and other Stakeholders Letters 9-Jan-2017
Letter from the President of the General Assembly on the Draft Resolution on Modalities of the Conference (10 June 2016… Letters 10-Jun-2016
Themes for the partnership dialogues - Letter from the President of the General Assembly (24 Feb 2017) Letters 24-Feb-2017
A/CONF.230/3 - Organizational and procedural matters General Assembly 18-May-2017
Flyer: Biodiversity: The Ocean’s Role Flyer
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 5: Increasing economic benefits to small islands developing States… Concept papers for the partnership dialogues 1-May-2017
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 4: Making fisheries sustainable (Advance unedited version) Concept papers for the partnership dialogues 1-May-2017
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 3: Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification (Advance unedited… Concept papers for the partnership dialogues 1-May-2017
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 2: Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal… Concept papers for the partnership dialogues 1-May-2017
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 1: Addressing marine pollution (Advance unedited version) Concept papers for the partnership dialogues 1-May-2017
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 7: Enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and… Concept papers for the partnership dialogues 1-May-2017
Concept Paper on Partnership dialogue 6: Increasing scientific knowledge, and developing research capacity… Concept papers for the partnership dialogues 1-May-2017
A/CONF.230/8 - Increasing economic benefits to small island developing States and least developed countries… Concept Papers 1-May-2017
A/CONF.230/9 - Increasing scientific knowledge, and developing research capacity and transfer of marine… Concept Papers 1-May-2017
A/CONF.230/4 - Addressing marine pollution Concept Papers 20-Feb-2018
A/CONF.230/10 - Enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing… Concept Papers 2-May-2017
A/CONF.230/5 - Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems Concept Papers 1-May-2017
A/CONF.230/6 - Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification Concept Papers 2-May-2017
A/CONF.230/7 - Making fisheries sustainable Concept Papers 2-May-2017
Concept Note and Programme: High-Level Thematic Debate in Support of SDG14: Life Below Water Concept Notes
Brief for GSDR 2015 - Sustainable Sea Transport for the Pacific Islands: The Obvious Way Forward Background papers/Special studies 2-Feb-2015
Background Note - Session IV Background Notes 22-May-2019
Background Note - Session IX Background Notes 22-May-2019
Background Note - Session VI Background Notes 22-May-2019
Background Note - Session I Background Notes 21-May-2019
2017 HLFP Thematic Review of SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for… Background Notes 26-Apr-2017
Background Note - Session VII Background Notes 22-May-2019
Background Note - Session II Background Notes 22-May-2019
Background Note - Session VIII Background Notes 22-May-2019
Background Note - Session III Background Notes 22-May-2019
Background Note - Session IV Background Notes 22-May-2019
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Additional Resources 3-Jan-2017
Thoughts on the Post 2015 Process 18-Apr-2013
Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas (EBSAs) (2012) 18-Apr-2013
SUSTAINABLE MARINE TOURISM 18-Apr-2013
Capacity building by the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme: Paper 19-Apr-2013
Regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs)- West African region 18-Apr-2013
SIDS Conference 2014 timeline 18-Apr-2013
HOW TO BUILD THE GLOBAL MARINE PROTECTED AREAS NETWORK 19-Apr-2013
UNCLOS and Recent Developments at the General Assembly 18-Apr-2013
Sustainable Ocean Initiative (2012) 18-Apr-2013
MARINE PROTECTED AREAS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES 19-Apr-2013
Reefs at Risk Revisited: Summary for Decision Makers 18-Apr-2013
Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity 19-Apr-2013
CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS ON OCEANS AND RELATED ECOSYSTEMS 18-Apr-2013
Catalysing Ocean Finance Vol I 19-Apr-2013
State of the world’s marine fisheries 18-Apr-2013
Brochure: Biodiversity: The Ocean’s Role
Impacts of marine debris on biodiversity (2012) 18-Apr-2013
RIO+20 AND SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES: HOW TO CONVERT COMMITMENTS TO ACTION 19-Apr-2013
2011 ECO-AUDIT of the Mesoamerican Reef Countries 18-Apr-2013
Capacity Building in MEBM: sea-enclosing and land-reclamation in developing countries 19-Apr-2013
Rio+20 and beyond 18-Apr-2013
Catalysing Ocean Finance Vol II 19-Apr-2013
Environmental Conservation in Polar Regions 19-Apr-2013
Marine spatial planning in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity (2012) 18-Apr-2013
MARINE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND OCEANS OBSERVATIONS 19-Apr-2013
Coastal Capital: Belize - The Economic Contribution of Belize’s Coral Reefs and Mangroves 18-Apr-2013
Capacity Building Needs of Developing Countries: Observations from an IOC Survey 19-Apr-2013
Marine Pollution 18-Apr-2013
Destination Wetlands: Supporting sustainable tourism 18-Apr-2013
Challenges and Opportunities in the Implementation of the Rio+20 Ocean Outcome 18-Apr-2013
Scientific Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Biodiversity (2009) 18-Apr-2013
CAPACITY-BUILDING BY THE UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY – FISHERIES TRAINING PROGRAMME 19-Apr-2013
Addressing Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction: A Pacific Islands Approach 19-Apr-2013
SUSTAINABLE MARITIME TRANSPORT 18-Apr-2013
Building on Rio+20: What this means for fisheries management 19-Apr-2013
CORAL REEFS AND OTHER VULNERABLE, VALUABLE ECOSYSTEMS 18-Apr-2013
Ocean acidification 18-Apr-2013
Scientific Synthesis of the Impacts of Ocean Fertilization on Marine Biodiversity (2009) 18-Apr-2013
GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR OCEANS 19-Apr-2013
The Polar Regions: Climate Change and Environmental Management 19-Apr-2013
International Biodiversity Day booklet on marine biodiversity: “One Ocean- many worlds of life” (2012)… 18-Apr-2013
JOBS IN THE MARITIME SECTOR 18-Apr-2013
Keynote address Ambassador Picco 18-Apr-2013
CATALYSING OCEAN FINANCE: TRANSFORMING MARKETS TO RESTORE AND PROTECT THE GLOBAL OCEAN 19-Apr-2013
Small Island Developing States and Oceans 18-Apr-2013
Scientific Synthesis of the Impacts of Underwater Noise on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats (2012)… 18-Apr-2013
SECRETARY GENERAL’S OCEANS COMPACT 19-Apr-2013
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Zero Vision Tool Statements 6-Jun-2017
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Morocco Statements 6-Jun-2017
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Holy See Statements 6-Jun-2017
Mr. Milton Haughton, Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) Statements 7-Jun-2017
Mauritius Statements 9-Jun-2017
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League of Arab States Statements 9-Jun-2017
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Statements 6-Jun-2017
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Cambodia Statements 7-Jun-2017
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Statements 9-Jun-2017
Belgium Statements 6-Jun-2017
Georgia Statements 7-Jun-2017
Antigua and Barbuda Statements 8-Jun-2017
Community of Ocean Action for Mangroves - 7 September 2018 Presentations 7-Sep-2018
Mr. Kosi Latu, Director-General, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment… Presentations 5-Jun-2017
Ms. Carol Turley, PML Senior Scientist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK Presentations 6-Jun-2017
Mr. Jake Rice, Chief Scientist - Emeritus, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Presentations 6-Jun-2017
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Ms. Rahanna Juman, Deputy Director, Institute of Marine Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago Presentations 6-Jun-2017
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Mr. Amos Barkai, Co-Owner and CEO of OLSPS, South Africa Presentations 8-Jun-2017
Community of Ocean Action for Mangroves - 12 September 2018 Presentations 12-Sep-2018
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Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Opening Session 15-Feb-2017
H.E. Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly Opening Session 15-Feb-2017
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Oceans Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 3-Feb-2014
Toward UN Sustainable Development Goals Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 3-Feb-2014
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Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 3-Feb-2014
Toward UN Sustainable Development Goals Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 3-Feb-2014
Major Group: Science & Technology Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 3-Feb-2014
Egypt Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 4-Feb-2014
Iran Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 4-Feb-2014
Norway Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 4-Feb-2014
Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 3-Feb-2014
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Australia, The Netherlands and United Kingdom Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 4-Feb-2014
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New Zealand Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 4-Feb-2014
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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 5-Feb-2014
Uganda Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 6-Feb-2014
Canada, Israel and United States of America Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 3-Feb-2014
Oceans and Seas, Forests, Biodiversity Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 3-Feb-2014
Major Group: Science & Technology Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 4-Feb-2014
Poland and Romania Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 4-Feb-2014
Cyprus, Singapore and United Arab Emirates Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity 5-Feb-2014
Global Ocean Commission Major Groups 2-Apr-2014
Pew Charitable Trusts, Ocean Unite, the Ecology Action Center and Pretoma Major Groups 15-Feb-2017
Mediterranean Protected Areas Network Major Groups 9-Jun-2017
Major Group: Women Major Groups 7-Jun-2017
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Universal Esperanto Association Major Groups 9-Jun-2017
Living Islands Major Groups 16-Feb-2017
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Sano Sansar Initiative Major Groups 9-Jun-2017
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Ambivium Institute Major Groups 9-Jun-2017
Africa Development Interchange Network Major Groups 9-Jun-2017
Legambiente Major Groups 15-Feb-2017
AquaFed Major Groups 9-Jun-2017
International Seabed Authority Major Groups 16-Feb-2017
Conservation International Major Groups 15-Feb-2017
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Ocean Frontier Institute Major Groups 16-Feb-2017
Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust Major Groups 9-Jun-2017
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World Animal Protection Major Groups 9-Jun-2017
WWF International Major Groups 15-Feb-2017
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International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Major Groups 15-Feb-2017
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ECOPAS - European Consortium for Pacific Studies Major Groups 16-Feb-2017
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Ocean Care Major Groups 7-Jun-2017
Global Ocean Oxygen Network Major Groups 15-Feb-2017
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Major Group: Science and Industry Major Groups 15-Feb-2017
WOLMI/CALL Foundation for Environment & Sustainable Development Major Groups 15-Feb-2017
Natural Resources Defense Council Major Groups 9-Jun-2017
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WWF International Major Groups 9-Jun-2017
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Ocean Frontier Institute Major Groups 7-Jun-2017
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Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C. Major Groups 9-Jun-2017
Joint Statement from WWF, PIANGO, CI, TNC, Rare, Waitt Foundation, Oceana and MPA Action… Major Groups 15-Feb-2017
Major Group: Children and Youth Major Groups 9-Jun-2017
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Major Groups 15-Feb-2017
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Major Groups 15-Feb-2017
The Ocean Cleanup Major Groups 9-Jun-2017
Venezuela Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Timor-Leste Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Cabo Verde Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Holy See Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Australia Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
LDC Group Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Indonesia Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 10-Mar-2017
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
France Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Tuvalu Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM) Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Iceland Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Russian Federation Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Nepal Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Pacific Small Island Developing States Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Germany Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
European Union Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
United States of America Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Canada Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
China Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Group of 77 and China Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Italy Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
India Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
Tonga Discussion on the themes for the partnership dialogues 15-Feb-2017
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 16-Feb-2017
Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 16-Feb-2017
Tuvalu Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 16-Feb-2017
Sri Lanka Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 16-Feb-2017
Papua New Guinea Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 16-Feb-2017
Palau Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 17-Feb-2017
World Bank Group Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 16-Feb-2017
Philippines Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 16-Feb-2017
Sudan Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 16-Feb-2017
Chile Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 17-Feb-2017
Italy Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 16-Feb-2017
Iceland Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 16-Feb-2017
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 15-Feb-2017
Timor-Leste Discussion on elements for a Call for Action (continued) 16-Feb-2017
United States of America Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
Group of 77 and China Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
Tonga Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
Holy See Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
India Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 16-Feb-2017
Egypt Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
Canada Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
Australia Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
France Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
China Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
Indonesia Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 10-Mar-2017
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 16-Feb-2017
Germany Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
Iceland Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 16-Feb-2017
Nepal Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
Argentina Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
Marshall Islands Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
Cabo Verde Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
European Union Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
New Zealand Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) Discussion on elements for a Call for Action 15-Feb-2017
Tanzania Debate on Sustainable cities and human settlements, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Climate 3-Apr-2014
Southern African Group Debate on Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 3-Apr-2014
Bulgaria and Croatia Debate on Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 3-Apr-2014
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Maldives Debate on Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 3-Apr-2014
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Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Debate on Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 3-Apr-2014
Peru and Mexico Debate on Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 3-Apr-2014
Australia, The Netherlands and United Kingdom Debate on Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 3-Apr-2014
Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Debate on Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 3-Apr-2014
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Cyprus, Singapore and United Arab Emirates Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Greece Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Southern Africa Region Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Iran Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Denmark, Ireland and Norway Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 7-May-2014
Japan Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Australia, The Netherlands and United Kingdom Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Brazil and Nicaragua Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Maldives Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Italy, Spain and Turkey Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Bangladesh Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
China, Indonesia and Kazakhstan Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Montenegro and Slovenia Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Croatia Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
New Zealand Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Sweden Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 7-May-2014
Group of 77 and China Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Bulgaria Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Poland and Romania Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas; Ecosystems and biodiversity 8-May-2014
Towards a Sustainable Development Goal on Oceans and Seas: Healthy, Productive and… Co-chairs' meetings with Major Groups 4-Feb-2014
Major Group: Women Co-chairs' meetings with Major Groups 4-Feb-2014
WWF, Beyond 2015, Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC), DIVA, the Global Ocean Commission,… Co-chairs' meetings with Major Groups 19-Jun-2014
Major Group: Science & Technology Co-chairs' meetings with Major Groups 3-Feb-2014
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Closing Session 16-Feb-2017
Mozambique 6-Jun-2017

Milestones

  • The ocean covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, is the planet's largest biosphere, and home to up to 80 percent of all life in the world. It generates 50 percent of the oxygen we need, absorbs 25 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions and captures 90 percent of the additional heat generated from those emissions. It is not just ‘the lungs of the planet’ but also its largest carbon sink - a vital buffer against the impacts of climate change. It nurtures unimaginable biodiversity and produces food, jobs, mineral and energy resources needed for life on the planet to survive and thrive. There is a great deal we still do not know about the ocean but there are many reasons why we need to manage it sustainability - as set out in the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water. The science is clear – the ocean is facing unprecedent threats as a result of human activities. Its health and ability to sustain life will only get worse as the world population grows and human activities increase. If we want to address some of the most defining issues of our time such as climate change, food insecurity, diseases and pandemics, diminishing biodiversity, economic inequality and even conflicts and strife, we must act now to protect the state of our ocean.
  • January 2017 The Ocean Conference
    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 was 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 raised global consciousness on ocean issues, produced strong ambitious outcomes, including an intergovernmentally agreed political declaration “Our ocean, our future: call for action”, the co-chairs’ summaries of seven partnership dialogues, and over 1400 voluntary commitments from Governments, the UN system, IGOs, the Major Groups and other stakeholders - individually or in partnership – to advance the implementation of SDG 14 and related targets. The political declaration “Our ocean, our future: call for action” was adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017 through resolution A/71/312.
  • January 2015 SDG 14
    In paragraph 33 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States recognize that "social and economic development depends on the sustainable management of our planet’s natural resources" and determine to conserve and sustainably use oceans and seas, freshwater resources, as well as forests, mountains and dry-lands and to protect biodiversity, ecosystems and wildlife". Sustainable Development Goal 14 aims to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
  • January 2014 Samoa Pathway
    The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States was held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. The overarching theme of the conference was "The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships". The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway (Samoa Pathway) adopted at the Conference addresses priority areas for SIDS and calls for urgent actions and support for SIDS’ efforts to achieve their sustainable development.
  • In the Rio+20 outcome document, Future We Want, Member States call for “holistic and integrated approaches to sustainable development that will guide humanity to live in harmony with nature and lead to efforts to restore the health and integrity of the Earth’s ecosystem”. In this context, they stress, inter alia, the importance of “the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and seas and of their resources for sustainable development, including through their contributions to poverty eradication, sustained economic growth, food security and creation of sustainable livelihoods and decent work”.
  • Adopted on the occasion of the Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting (IGR-3) on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA), the Manila Declaration reaffirmed signatories' commitment to develop policies to reduce and control waste water, marine litter and pollution from fertilizers. The agreement includes a total of 16 provisions focusing on actions to be taken between 2012 and 2016 at international, regional and local levels.
  • THE SG’S Five-year Action Agenda has focused on 5 key priorities: sustainable development; prevention; building a safer and more secure world; supporting nations in transition and working with and for women and young people.
  • January 2003 UN Oceans
    The United Nations High-Level Committee on Programmes decided in 2003 the establishment of an Oceans and Coastal Areas Network (subsequently named "UN-Oceans") to build on SOCA. This entity would cover a wide range of issues and would be composed of the relevant programmes, entities and specialized agencies of the UN system and the secretariats of the relevant international conventions, including the International Seabed Authority and the Convention on Biological Diversity. At its 57th Session, the General Assembly invited the Secretary-General to establish an inter-agency coordination mechanism on oceans and coastal issues within the United Nations system. UN-Oceans has met on an annual basis since 2005.
  • Adopted on 4 August 1995, the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement) entered into force on 11 December 2001. The Agreement has been intended to facilitate the implementation of some particular provisions of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea related to the conservation and management of straddling fish stocks and highly migratory fish stocks.
  • January 1994 UNCLOS
    Also known as the Law of the Sea Convention or the Law of the Sea treaty, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is the international agreement resulted from the third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS III), held between 1973 and 1982. The Convention was adopted in 1982 but entered into force only in 1994 after Guyana's ratification to the treaty as 60th signatory country. The Convention describes the rights and responsibilities of nations with respect to their use of the world's oceans, establishing guidelines for businesses, the environment, and the management of marine natural resources.

Lisbon UN Ocean Conference

The ocean covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, is the planet's largest biosphere, and home to up to 80 percent of all life in the world. It generates 50 percent of the oxygen we need, absorbs 25 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions and captures 90 percent of the additional heat generated from those emissions. It is not just ‘the lungs of the planet’ but also its largest carbon sink - a vital buffer against the impacts of climate change.

It nurtures unimaginable biodiversity and produces food, jobs, mineral and energy resources needed for life on the planet to survive and thrive. There is a great deal we still do not know about the ocean but there are many reasons why we need to manage it sustainability - as set out in the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water.

The science is clear – the ocean is facing unprecedent threats as a result of human activities. Its health and ability to sustain life will only get worse as the world population grows and human activities increase. If we want to address some of the most defining issues of our time such as climate change, food insecurity, diseases and pandemics, diminishing biodiversity, economic inequality and even conflicts and strife, we must act now to protect the state of our ocean.

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First UN Ocean Conference (2017, New York)

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 (informally, The Ocean Conference) was 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 held the co-hosting responsibilities of the Conference.

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Special Envoy for the Ocean

Peter Thomson

 

Learn about the latest activities of Peter Thomson, Special Envoy for the Ocean

Background

At the high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) - The Ocean Conference - held in June 2017 at UN headquarters in New York, close to 1,400 voluntary commitments for concrete action to advance implementation of SDG 14 were made by governments, the United Nations system, civil society organizations, academia, the scientific community, and the private sector. These commitments, together with the Conference outcome document Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action, mark a global breakthrough on the path to sustainable management and conservation of our oceans, seas and marine resources.

Each of the Ocean Conference voluntary commitments addresses one or several of the SDG 14 targets, often with associated positive impact on other SDGs, including for example SDG 3 on good health and well-being and SDG13 on climate action, among others.

To follow-up on the implementation of these voluntary commitments; to catalyze and generate new voluntary commitments; and to facilitate collaboration and networking amongst different actors in support of SDG 14, the United Nations have launched nine thematic multi-stakeholder Communities of Ocean Action.

Each community is coordinated by designated focal points who work together with United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson, and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs in carrying out the activities.

For more information, visit: https://sdgs.un.org/topics/oceans-and-seas/coas