COP 22 Announcement of UN Conference for Sustainable Development Goal s Goal 14 for Oceans (June 5 to 9, 2017, NYC)

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A very significant event for oceans occurred on November 15, 2016. On that day, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime Minister of Fiji, the Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden and UN Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs held a press conference at COP 22 on the upcoming 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, which will take place at the UN in New York from 5-9 June 2017.
Speakers at the UN COP 22 press conference are listed below, which is also available as a video stream here:

http://unfccc.cloud.streamworld.de/embed/oceans-conference

H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson | President of the United Nations General Assembly
H.E. Mr. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama | Prime Minister of Fiji & Co-Chair of the conference
H.E. Ms. Isabella Lovin | Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden & Co-Chair for the conference
H.E. Mr. Wu Hongbo | Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General of the conference

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 in New York will be co-hosted by the Governments of Fiji and Sweden.
EUCC was very involved in the negotiation of the SDG Goal 14 for oceans, and will participate in this conference and preliminary events, which are designed to “kick-start” and support the implementation of this very important goal.
The Conference shall:
Identify ways and means to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14;
Build on existing successful partnerships and stimulate innovative and concrete new partnerships to advance the implementation of Goal 14;
Involve all relevant stakeholders, bringing together Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international financial institutions, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors to assess challenges and opportunities relating to, as well as actions taken towards, the implementation of Goal 14;
Share the experiences gained at the national, regional and international levels in the implementation of Goal 14;
Contribute to the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by providing an input to the high-level political forum on sustainable development, in accordance with resolutions 67/290 of 9 July 2013, 70/1 of 25 September 2015 and 70/299 of 29 July 2016, on the implementation of Goal 14, including on opportunities to strengthen progress in the future;
The Conference shall comprise plenary meetings, partnership dialogues and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day.

The Conference shall adopt by consensus a concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration in the form of a “Call for Action” to support the implementation of Goal 14 and 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, to be announced at the Conference.
The President of the General Assembly will convene a two-day preparatory meeting, on 15-16 February 2017, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, to be chaired by H.E. Mr. Alvaro Mendonya Moura, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the UN, and H.E. Mr. Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the UN, the two co-facilitators, with a view to considering the themes for the partnership dialogues and elements for a “Call for Action”.
Further information:
UN Press Conference Video
http://unfccc.cloud.streamworld.de/webcast/oceans-conference
UN COP 22 Media advisory:
http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2016/11/media-advisory-briefing-at-cop22-on-upcoming-un-oceans-conference/
UN Conference for Sustainable Development Goal s Goal 14 for Oceans website:
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/oceans/SDG14Conference
DOCUMENTS
Resolutions and decisions
A/RES/70/226 – 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
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A/RES/70/303 – Modalities for the 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
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Letters
Letter from President of the General Assembly on appointing the co-facilitators, PRs of Portugal and Singapore, to oversee the preparatory process of the SDG 14 Conference (24 October 2016)
Letter from President of the General Assembly to all Permanent Representatives and Permanent Observers to the UN to convene a preparatory meeting on 15 and 16 February 2017 (3 November 2016)

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