Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14: The Ocean We Need for the Future We Want

When, local time: 
Thursday, 2 November 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Special Event
Julian Barbière (

2 November / 13:00-15:00 / Room X

Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, and Mr Peter Thomson, first-ever United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, will address UNESCO Member States and urge them to galvanize efforts around Sustainable Development Goal 14 on the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources. He will join the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and partners in their call for a United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030): The Ocean We Need for the Future We Want.
The Decade will take place against the baseline set by the recently published Global Ocean Science Report. IOC’s latest flagship publication provides for the first time a comprehensive assessment of the status and trends in ocean science capacity, from technological infrastructure to education, human resources, investments, publications and collaborations.

We invite all UNESCO Member States to take part in this discussion and join us in furthering the contribution of ocean- and scientific-based knowledge in support of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and its SDG 14.

- Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General,
- Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean,
- Peter Haugan, Chair of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and
- Bjørn Haugstad, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Education and Research of Norway.