Bringing the Ocean to Society
2 Jul 2018
Celebrating the 1st Anniversary of The Ocean Conference
Check out what has happened since last year's largest marine event.

The UN Ocean Conference, held at UN Headquarters in June 2017, brought together more than 4,000 participants from governments, the UN system and other intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, academia, the scientific community and the private sector. The Conference resulted in a number of ambitious outcomes, including the adoption of the "Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action" declaration, co-chairs' summaries of the seven partnership dialogues that were held during the Conference, and over 1400 voluntary commitments made in support of SDG 14 by various stakeholders.

Many important developments related to SDG 14 have taken place since June last year, including: the appointment of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean Mr. Peter Thomson; the launch of nine new Communities of Ocean Action to follow-up on the voluntary commitments on SDG 14; the proclamation of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development by the United Nations General Assembly; and the decision of the General Assembly to convene an Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Intergovernmental Conference). 

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