UN Ocean Conference

About the The Ocean Conference

The United Nations General Assembly, with Fiji and Sweden as co-hosts, will hold a high-level United Nations Ocean Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) in New York, June 5-9, 2017. SDG 14 seeks to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources,” and provides a series of targets to achieve this goal.

The three expected outcomes from the Conference are: (1) a "Call for Action,” the high level political outcome document; (2) a Report on the seven high-level Partnership Dialogues being held in conjunction with the eight plenary sessions; and (3) the launching of new initiatives in support of SDG14.

WCS at The Ocean Conference

With the world’s attention focused on the ocean, the United Nations Ocean Conference provides a unique opportunity to showcase WCS’s expertise and leadership in marine conservation, and more importantly, to shape the direction of ocean conservation for the future. WCS is involved in the preparations and outcomes of the United Nations Ocean Conference in five main ways:

  1.  Commenting on the Call for Action
  2.  Participating in and co-hosting side events
  3.  Contributing to partnership dialogues
  4.  Announcing voluntary commitments
  5.  Engaging media and outreach in NY and beyond

UN Ocean Conference

Jason Patlis, Executive Director of the WCS Marine program, talks about the upcoming United Nations Ocean Conference in June 2017

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Protecting the World's Oceans

Cristián Samper, President and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, discusses the importance of the world's oceans and how they can be saved

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