"The Ocean Conference", "Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnering for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14" will take place in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017. The Conference was mandated by the Member States of the United Nations because they recognized that SDG 14 — “the Oceans Goal” — needs support to ensure its implementation.
The Conference is expected to:
- Identify ways and means to strengthen cooperation for the implementation of SDG 14 and related targets , taking into account their interlinkages with other goals and targets
- Build on existing successful partnerships, and launching innovative new ones to advance implementation
- Involve all relevant stakeholders to assess progress and identify implementation gaps
- Facilitate the sharing of experiences gained through regional and national strategies/institutions
- Contribute to the follow-up and review process of SDG 14 by reporting its outcomes to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
According to the General Assembly resolution "Modalities for the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14", A/70/L.64, the Conference will include:
- Eight plenary meetings
- Seven Partnership Dialogues, which are expected to be interactive and multistakeholder in nature
- A special event commemorating World Oceans Day on 8 June 2017.
The outcome of the Conference is expected to be a political declaration and a report summarizing the Partnership Dialogues, focusing on concrete, action-oriented recommendations, as well as voluntary commitments for implementing SDG 14.
The Conference is co-hosted by the Governments of Sweden and Fiji. The designated Secretary-General of the Conference is Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) Under-Secretary General. H.E. Mr Peter Thomson is the President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly.