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The high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have the co-hosting responsibilities of the Conference.
The Ocean Conference aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity. It will be solutions-focused with engagement from all.
Member states have decided that the Conference shall adopt by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration in the form of a “Call for Action”, a report containing the co-chairs summaries of the partnership dialogues, as well as a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14.
Voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference are initiatives voluntarily undertaken by Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international and regional financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors – individually or in partnership – that aim to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. Any voluntary commitments made within the framework of the 2030 Agenda targeting SDG 14 can be registered as voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference.
Stakeholders above are encouraged to register voluntary commitments in The Ocean Conference Registry of Commitments available on the Conference website that:
- Advance implementation of SDG 14 and associated targets, reflecting inter-linkages between SDG 14 and other Sustainable Development Goals;
- Respect principles of the United Nations and the legal framework in force for the oceans;
- Build on existing successful efforts (scaling it up, new phase, etc.) or introduce a new one;
- Include means of implementation – such as finance or capacity building – as an element to help ensure longevity and sustainability of the initiative;
- Provide access to additional information on the commitments (e.g. website, contacts);
- Follow SMART Criteria – a commitment that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Resource based, with Time-based deliverables.
Voluntary commitments can be registered through the online form available on the Ocean Conference website: https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/
For questions, please contact The Ocean Conference Secretariat at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/contact