Seventeenth meeting of UN-Oceans

When, local time: 
Monday, 26 March 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 28 March 2018 - 1:00pm
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Interagency meeting
Isabel Chavez (

UN-Oceans is an inter-agency mechanism that seeks to enhance the coordination, coherence and effectiveness of competent organizations of the United Nations system and the International Seabed Authority, within existing resources, in conformity with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the respective competences of each of its participating organizations and the mandates and priorities approved by their respective governing bodies.

Pursuant to its terms of reference, UN-Oceans is mandated to:
(a) Strengthen and promote coordination and coherence of United Nations system activities related to ocean and coastal areas;
(b) Regularly share ongoing and planned activities of participating organizations within the framework of relevant United Nations and other mandates with a view to identifying possible areas for collaboration and synergy;
(c) Facilitate, as appropriate, inputs by its participating organizations to the annual reports of the Secretary-General on oceans and the law of the sea and on sustainable fisheries to be submitted to the Secretariat;
(d) Facilitate inter-agency information exchange, including sharing of experiences, best practices, tools and methodologies and lessons learned in ocean-related matters.

On the agenda :
• SDG 14 and follow-up to the Ocean Conference:
- Interactive session with the United Nations Special Envoy for the Ocean
- UN-Oceans Voluntary Commitment
- Communities of Ocean Action
- Methodology for indicator 14.c.1
• United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)
• Review of the UN-Oceans TORs by the General Assembly
- Brief update on the deferment by the General Assembly of the review of UN-Oceans to its 73rd session (2018)
- Preparation of a background document for the Review of the UN-Oceans TORs by the General Assembly at its 73rd session (introduction)
• UN-Oceans Inventory of member organizations’ activities and mandates
• Activities or events of interest for possible collaboration among members
• UN-Oceans website
• World Oceans Day web portal
• UN-Oceans Work Programme for 2018
• Exchange of information
• Wrap-up and closure of the meeting