The high-level UN Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development - The Ocean Conference - will be convened at UN Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day.
The Conference aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity with seven key topics to be addressed.
1. Addressing marine pollution.
2. Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems.
3. Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification.
4. Making fisheries sustainable.
5. Increasing economic benefits to Small Island Developing States and LDCs and providing access for small scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets.
6. Increasing scientific knowledge, and developing research capacity and transfer of marine technology.
7. Enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans by implementing international law and the U.N. Law of the Sea.
All stakeholders are encouraged to register voluntary commitments geared at driving implementation of SDG 14 and its associated targets, in the Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments. A list of voluntary commitments will be produced at the end of the Conference, and be included in the report of the Conference.
As an organization in consultative status with ECOSOC; the IMarEST is in a hugely privileged position to be able to attend the Oceans Conference to represent our members and to truly make a difference but we need your support!
What do we need from our members?
- What voluntary commitments can and should we as a membership organization make to contribute to the implementation of SDG 14?
- What are our members currently doing, and willing to do, to contribute to the implementation of SDG-14?
- Would you be willing to participate in a working group to formalise some of the ideas?
Please send any thoughts you have to or feel free to contact the technical department on +44 (0) 20 7382 2600 if you would like to discuss becoming more involved.
For more information on the conference please see: https://oceanconference.un.org/