New York 2 February, 2017 – For private sector interested in attending or learning more about The Ocean Conference, the Global Compact will be conducting a webinar on 8 March 2017 at 10AM EST entitled: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources: Business Advancing the Implementation of SDG 14. The webinar will provide participants with an update on the process leading to The Ocean Conference and will highlight opportunities for private sector stakeholders to participate and contribute to this global effort for the implementation of SDG 14. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.
The Ocean Conference will take place at UN Headquarters from 5 – 9 June 2017 to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Conference is seen as a breakthrough for global commitment to reverse the decline in the health of the ocean with a strong focus on solutions and effective engagement by all stakeholders.
Among the participants expected to attend, the private sector will be important contributors to the partnerships and innovations needed to collectively advance action for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG14). SDG 14 contains ten targets, addressing: marine pollution; marine and coastal ecosystems; ocean acidification; overfishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and destructive fishing practices; conservation; harmful fisheries subsidies; economic benefits for small island developing states and least developed countries; and, as means of implementation, increasing scientific knowledge, market access for small-scale artisanal fishers, and implementing international law, among others.
While the contributions by global private sector actors will be crucial, the voices of the private sector from small island developing States (SIDS) are equally important. From shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, cruise and coastal tourism to renewable energy, SIDS private sector are active on the ground in advancing ocean related national sustainable development goals. The Ocean Conference is an opportunity for SIDS private sector to further articulate and strengthen commitments – particularly at the national and regional levels – to support implementation of SDG14 in their local communities.
The Ocean Conference will coincide with the commemoration of World Environment Day on 5 June and World Oceans Day on 8 June. For accreditation to participate visit: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/oceanconference/
Feature Photo: UN Photo/Martine Perret