United Nations Ocean Conference

Programme

Official Meetings

  • 10:00-13:00 - Plenary Meeting
  • 15:00-18:00 - Partnership Dialogue 1 - Addressing marine pollution
    Co-chairs: Norway and Indonesia
  • 10:00-13:00 - Partnership Dialogue 2 - Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems Co-chairs: Italy and Palau
  • 10:00-18:00 - Plenary Meeting
  • 15:00-18:00 - Partnership Dialogue 3 - Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification
    Co-chairs: Monaco and Mozambique
  • 10:00-13:00 - Partnership Dialogue 4 - Making fisheries sustainable
    Co-chairs: Canada and Senegal
  • 10:00-18:00- Plenary Meeting
  • 15:00-18:00 - Partnership Dialogue 5 - Increasing economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
    Co-chairs: Estonia and Grenada
  • 10:00-13:00 - Partnership Dialogue 4 - Making fisheries sustainable
    Co-chairs: Canada and Senegal
  • 10:00-18:00- Plenary Meeting
  • 15:00-18:00 - Partnership Dialogue 5 - Increasing economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
    Co-chairs: Estonia and Grenada
  • 10:00-13:00 - Partnership Dialogue 4 - Making fisheries sustainable
    Co-chairs: Canada and Senegal
  • 10:00-18:00- Plenary Meeting
  • 15:00-18:00 - Partnership Dialogue 5 - Increasing economic benefits to SIDS and LDCs and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
    Co-chairs: Estonia and Grenada

UNESCO Side Events

  • 9:00-10:30 - Deep-sea science for sustainable development
    Venue: Conference Room A
    Organizers: Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI), UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO), IUCN.

    Given the dynamic and interconnected nature of ocean ecosystems, deep-sea science is crucial to ensure that the ‘problems of ocean space can be considered as a whole’. Enhanced international and interdisciplinary scientific collaboration paired with technology transfer and integration is needed to fill knowledge gaps that could otherwise hinder efforts to conserve and sustainably use marine resources. It can also deliver significant capacity development opportunities.
  • 11:00-12:30 - An ocean without history? The importance of Underwater Cultural Heritage
    Venue: Conference Room B
    Organizers: Delegation of Honduras, UNESCO's 2001 Convention on Underwater Cultural Heritage

    The UNESCO side event, entitled “An Ocean without History? – The Importance of Underwater Cultural Heritage”, promotes the incorporation of underwater cultural heritage in the global work on oceans and sustainability efforts targeted in this direction.
  • 18:30-19:45 - Supporting the implementation of the ocean-related targets in the 2030 Agenda
    Venue: Conference Room B
    Organizers: OLA/DOALOS (UN-Oceans Interagency Coordination

    The UN-Oceans side event will explore, in an interactive and open dialogue, the role that UN-Oceans members could play, acting as “one”, in the implementation of SDG 14 and other ocean-related targets and indicators. It will take into account UN-Oceans potential in integrating all aspects of ocean and coastal issues across the SDGs, and draw on the expertise of its members, as also demonstrated by the inventory of their mandates and activities. UN-Oceans, in providing a “harbour” for SDG 14, is well positioned to effectively assist States in implementing the targets in SDG 14 and other ocean-related SDGs of the 2030 Agenda.
  • 18:30-19:45 - Ocean acidification: what can we do about it?
    Venue: Conference Room 12
    Organizers: United Kingdom, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre, IAEA and the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network

    A panel of international and intergovernmental experts will provide an integrated perspective of the current status of ocean acidification, and its projected risks for both natural and human ocean systems. The panel will also discuss approaches and efforts at multiple scales to reduce the impacts of ocean acidification on marine ecosystems, provide recommendations for mitigation and adaptation to support sustainable development, highlight how ocean acidification is being addressed in intergovernmental processes , and how (with limited resources) scientists around the world have joined forces to share their knowledge and collaborate at all levels, developing international initiatives for training, capacity building and monitoring of ocean acidification.
  • 09:00-10:30 - The Arctic drives a new era in climate and weather science
    Venue: Conference Room B
    Organizers: World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, Government of France and WWF Arctic.

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  • 13:00 - 15:00 - The Ocean's 8 Celebration: Recognizing the Champions of Global Ocean Science (Dedicated Webpage)
    Venue: Delegates' Dining Room
    Organizers: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Sky TV, United Nations General Assembly, UN Environment

    The Ocean's 8 Celebration will recognize the eight nations making the greatest contribution towards building the capacity in global ocean science needed to achieve SDG14 to protect the World's oceans. Refreshments and light lunch will be provided.
  • 17.00 - 18.30 - Ocean Literacy for All: sustaining SDG 14 goals through global knowledge mobilization and education
    Venue: Conference Room A
    Organizers: Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, Ciencia Viva (Portugal), College of Exploration (United States and United Kingdom), Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement (Lead Organizer, Multi-Nation), Foundation for Environmental Education (Denmark), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (Multi-Nation), Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations (Italy), Ocean Frontier Institute (Canada), World Ocean Network (Multi-Nation), D62, IOC-UNESCO

    This side event will bring together partners from several countries to engage in discussions and presentations related to ocean science education and ocean literacy. A five-member panel will provide an overview of collaborative, international ocean education initiatives that have been designed to improve ocean literacy across a variety of Member States and audiences.
  • 18:30-19:45 - Large Marine Ecosystems Approach: An Essential Management and Partnership Tool for Achieving SDG14
    Venue: Conference Room 12
    Organizers: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Environment, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Benguela Current Commission (BCC)

    The goal of this side event will be to engage all session participants in formulating actionable recommendations to further guide actors in the global LME partnership forward on SDG14. The session will also highlight new LME partnership opportunities emerging in the period leading up to 2030.
  • 9:00 - 10:30 - Capacity Development Solutions for Managing, Protecting, Conserving and Restoring Marine and Coastal Ecosystems
    Venue: Conference Room B
    Organizers: United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), Blue Solutions (GIZ, GRID, Arendal, IUCN, UNEP), Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Network of Marine Protected Area Managers in the Mediterranean (MedPAN), Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Area Community (PIMPAC) and Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT), IOC-UNESCO

    The event will host evidence- and solution-based conversations to collect knowledge and experiences related to demonstrated success that highlight critical elements of individual, organizational, and institutional-level capacity development contributing to sound marine ecosystem based management, with a focus on SIDS.

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  • 15:00 - 16:30 - Coastal blue carbon ecosystems – supporting food security, sustainable oceans and climate action
    Venue: Conference Room A
    Organizers: Government of Australia, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy

    The goal of this event is to highlight how the concept of coastal carbon can be used in a variety of ways to meet sustainable development goal targets and national level climate commitments. The event will showcase various policy and funding mechanisms for implementing coastal carbon related activities, apprise the audience of the latest science and tools, and inform them of various technical working groups aimed at assisting interested parties in pursuing coastal carbon restoration and conservation.
  • 9:00 - 10:30 - Alliances for Integrated Ocean Observing and Information Services Supporting the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14
    Venue: Conference Room 6
    Organizers: GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

    The main objective of the side event is: to strengthen alliances for global ocean observation to advance the implementation of SDG 14; to respond to the ocean information needs to support ocean governance, Blue Growth, ocean health, and climate change adaptation by integrated ocean observation, products and information services; to reflect how the international, regional, and national initiatives addressed major SDG 14 targets so far and what is planned for the short- and long-term future; to identify linkages and partners to support implementation of ocean-related SDGs and promote ocean observing activities in the “Call for Action”.
  • 10:00 - 13:00 - Launch of the United Nations World Oceans Day Web Portal
    Venue: At Plenary Meeting
    Organizers: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Comission

    The web portal will be launched as part of the World’s Ocean Day celebration.
  • 13:15 - 14:30 - Copernicus Marine Service and its Ocean State Report: a valuable EU milestone and contribution to SDG 14
    Venue: Conference Room A
    Organizers: European Commission, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, in partnership with Mercator Ocean, IOC-UNESCO, GODAE Ocean View, GEO Blue Planet, OECD and WCRP

    This side event wishes to present the Copernicus Marine Service and share the benefit of its first Ocean State Report: the European Union’s contribution in the frame of the implementation and achievement of the SDG 14.
  • 13:15 - 14:30 - Building ocean knowledge for sustainable development – How science will to contribute to achieving SDG 14
    Venue: Conference Room 1
    Organizers: IOC-UNESCO; The Permanent Mission of the Samoa; The Permanent Mission of Norway and The Permanent Mission of Maldives

    The side event will present the main findings and key messages of a first time ever Global Ocean Science Report, including main elements of the accompanying online portal that will allow Member States to contribute and to benefit from data and information on ocean science on a real-time basis. The side event will also focus on current efforts aimed at further elaborating the IOC Guidelines on Transfer of Marine Technology towards their full operationalization.
  • 18:15 -19:30 - Adressing Oceans and Climate and Building the Blue Economy: Essential to SDG 14 implementation
    Venue: Conference Room 1
    Organizers: International Coastal and Ocean Organization (ICO), Global Ocean Forum Secretariat (GOF), IOC-UNESCO

    The central message of this Side Event is that for SDG 14 to be realized and fully implemented: 1) the climate change impacts that especially affect 183 coastal and island nations around the world must be addressed squarely, and 2) that the building of the Blue Economy represents a great opportunity for accelerating the global movement to a low-carbon economy and the benefits that developing nations and SIDS may obtain from their oceanbr zones.
  • 9:00 - 10:30 - Harnessing the Resources of International Ocean Science Organizations to Develop Capacity for Ocean Science in SIDS, LDCS and other Developing Countries
    Venue: Conference Room B
    Organizers: Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research, IOC-UNESCO

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  • 9:00 - 10:30 - Declining oxygen in ocean ecosystems - connections to ocean health, resources and services
    Venue: Conference Room A
    Organizers: Organised by University of California Revelle, Program on Climate Science and Policy, In cooperation with: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and International Union for Conservation of Nature Supported by: IOC group of experts- Global Ocean Oxygen Network (GO2NE)

    The goal of our proposed side event is to provide scientific information on the causes of declining oxygen, the consequences to marine ecosystems, fisheries and human health, and the steps that can be taken to improve the oxygen content of coastal and oceanic waters. We will also use the opportunity to launch the technical brief on ocean deoxygenation written by the IOC group of experts-the Global Ocean Oxygen Network.
  • 13:15 - 14:30 - International Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) for an effective and sustainable management of our oceans and seas
    Venue: Conference Room 1
    Organizers: Comision Permanente del Pacifico Sur (Permanent Commission of the South Pacific); Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO; Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the EuropeanCommission; Kingdom of Belgium-Government of Flanders; Kingdom of Sweden (Tentative);SUEZ France; The Nature Conservancy - TNC Canada andThe Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

    The objective of this event is to promote and accelerate MSP worldwide by articulating international good practices and sharing lessons learned from completed or on-going marine spatial plans and planning processes.