Partnership Dialogues
General

  • The seven partnership dialogues will be an official part of The Ocean Conference. They will be interactive and multi-stakeholder in nature and will focus on recommendations to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, including through strengthened cooperation, building on existing successful partnerships and stimulating innovative and concrete new ones.
  • The partnership dialogues are open to all participants accredited to the Conference (States, intergovernmental organizations and other entities, associate members of regional commissions, the United Nations system and representatives of major groups and other relevant actors) and will have designated seating.

Themes and schedule

Monday, 5 June
03:00 PM - 6:00 PM Addressing marine pollution
Tuesday, 6 June
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Managing, protecting, conserving and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems
03:00 PM - 6:00 PM Minimizing and addressing ocean acidification
Wednesday, 7 June
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Making fisheries sustainable
03:00 PM - 06:00 PM Increasing economic benefits to small island developing States and least developed countries and providing access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Thursday, 8 June
03:00 PM - 06:00 PM Increasing scientific knowledge, and developing research capacity and transfer of marine technology
Friday, 9 June
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM Enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

Format

  • The partnership dialogues will be presided over by two co-chairs at the ministerial level and above - one from a developing country and one from a developed country - and will be facilitated by a moderator.
  • The partnership dialogues will begin with a panel discussion, followed by an interactive debate among participants.
  • Interventions in the interactive debate will be made from the floor, and should be succinct, concise and limited to three minutes. Participants are encouraged to focus on concrete solutions to address challenges and gaps in the implementation of Goal 14 targets by presenting voluntary commitments, partnerships, as well as on policy recommendations to support the implementation of SDG 14, for example, by means of addressing the guiding questions set out in the partnership dialogue concept papers (available on the Conference website).
  • The order of speakers for each partnership dialogue will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis, bearing in mind equitable geographical distribution while allowing for some flexibility with priority given to States according to the level of representation, followed by intergovernmental organizations and other entities, associate members of regional commissions, United Nations system, major groups and other relevant actors.
  • It is envisaged that up to 25 States and 15 other participants will be accommodated to speak in the interactive debate of each partnership dialogue.

Registration of interest to speak in the interactive debate

  • Registration of interest to speak in the interactive debate of the partnership dialogues is required.
  • Representatives of States and associate members of regional commissions are invited to indicate to the Secretariat (Ms. Mary Muturi, muturi@un.org) two partnership dialogues in which to have a speaking slot, including order of preference, name, title and level of participation, and encouraged to pre-register their voluntary commitments in The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments (Registry). Deadline 19 May 2017.
  • Representatives of intergovernmental organizations and other entities and the United Nations system are invited to indicate to the Secretariat (Ms. Federica Pietracci, pietracci@un.org) two partnership dialogues in which to have a speaking slot, including order of preference, name, title and level of participation. Priority will be given to those who will present voluntary commitments that have been registered in the Registry. Deadline 19 May 2017.
  • Representatives of major groups and other relevant actors accredited to the Conference should indicate their interest to have a speaking slot of two partnership dialogues, including order of preference, name, title and level of participation through the following link: Stakeholder Engagement. Priority will be given to those who will present voluntary commitments that have been registered in the Registry. Deadline 24 April 2017.
  • The list of participants envisaged to speak in each partnership dialogue will be made available prior to the Conference.

Outcome

  • The co-chairs' of the partnership dialogues will prepare summaries, which will be presented at the closing plenary meeting and included in the final report of the Conference.
  • A list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, announced at the Conference, including in the partnership dialogues, and registered in the Registry, will be included in the report of the Conference.

The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments

  • When presenting a pre-registered voluntary commitment during an intervention, the speaker should convey the “reference number” (for example: #OceanAction060517) to the Secretariat ahead of time. The related page of the Registry will then be projected on the screen above the podium during the intervention.
  • The Registry, including the registration form, is available at: The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments
About
Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14

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 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.

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".

Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations is the Secretary-General of the Conference. Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel is the special advisor to the Presidents of the Conference on oceans and legal matters.

Side Events

Side events sponsored by Member States, UN system and other Inter-Governmental Organizations as well as Major Groups and other stakeholders, will be organized at the UN Headquarters in New York in the margins of the official meetings of the Ocean Conference and its Preparatory Meeting to allow space for sharing experiences and provide alternative opportunities for dialogue. The side events will be coordinated and managed by the Conference Secretariat.

Side Events during the Preparatory Meeting

Side events took place from 14 to 16 February 2017 at UN Headquarters. Please click here for the programme of side events which were held during the Preparatory Meeting.

Side events during the Conference
Side events will be organized from 5 to 9 June 2017 in the margins of the official meetings. Please note that the deadline for proposed side events was 31 March 2017 and we do not accept new proposals.

The preliminary programme of side events will be made available after 30 April 2017.
Criteria and Guidelines for Exhibitions on the Occasion of The Ocean Conference, Under the Overarching Theme: "Save our Ocean"
  • Exhibitions sponsored by Member States, UN system and other Inter-Governmental Organizations as well as accredited Major Groups and other stakeholders, will be welcomed at the UN Headquarters in New York, on the margins of The Ocean Conference.
  • Any member state or UN-entity interested in hosting an exhibition must submit a proposal using the online exhibition application form and provide a detailed description of the proposed exhibition, including an explanation of how its thematic focus relates to the exhibition theme “Save our Ocean,” visual elements and their scale as well as its potential contribution to the Conference. Completed forms must reach the Secretariat by 21 March 2017 through our contact form: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/contact.
  • Preference will be given to proposals on behalf of groups and/or partnership among entities in order to ensure that as many organizers as possible can be accommodated.
  • Exhibitions will be accommodated on the first floor and the basement level (1B) of the UN Secretariat Conference building. Exhibitions can be visited by all accredited and registered participants to The Ocean Conference and must remain in place for the duration of the Conference.
  • Space will be allocated based on the size and scale of the proposed exhibition.
  • Generally, exhibition spaces can only accommodate hanging exhibits (such as pictures, posters, portraits and banners), table displays, standalone exhibits and small display cases. No drilling and/or hanging directly on the walls will be allowed. A limited number of secured panels will be provided along some walls for hanging light items like pictures, paintings, posters, etc. Large or bulky items most likely cannot be accommodated.
  • Tables for exhibition can be provided at a cost. They must be reserved at the time of request and indicated in the online exhibition application form.
  • Kindly submit all applications for exhibition space to our website using our contact form https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/contact. Please indicate the word "Exhibition" in the subject field. As indicated in the online application form, kindly attach a detailed description of the exhibition, including all organizing partners, elements of the exhibition, dimensions and the thematic focus.
  • Exhibitors will be notified in early April if their proposals have been approved. Exhibitors must confirm acceptance of the space by 15 April.
  • A lead organizer must be clearly identified by the exhibitor and only one exhibition is permitted for every organization proposing to host exhibitions during The Ocean Conference.
  • No security services are made available explicitly for the exhibition spaces during the exhibition period. Setup costs will be required for services requested on weekends which usually entail an hourly rate for two staff members, one security officer and other facilities management relevant staff.
  • Applications for exhibition spaces will be reviewed by an Exhibition Task Team for The Ocean Conference with expert support from other departments, as needed.
  • In order to expedite the application process for exhibition spaces it is strongly advised that all applications be completed in either English or French languages.
  • The Exhibition Task Team of The Ocean Conference will make every effort to accommodate all eligible requests for exhibitions. However, due to the high level of demand expected for exhibition space during the Conference, it might not be possible to accommodate all requests at the UN Headquarters. Organizers may also consider seeking venues outside UNHQ premises.

General UN Rules Governing Exhibitions

  • Exhibition organizers can request services needed for their exhibition which should be specified in the online application form. All financial costs and charges associated with the services provided should be the responsibility of the event organizers.
  • The sale of printed materials or any goods on UN grounds during the exhibition is strictly prohibited. Any material or goods distributed as part of an exhibition should be offered free of charge.
  • Advertising an exhibition is the responsibility of its organizers. The UN Secretariat will not produce fliers, distribute notices, or run other publicity or outreach efforts on behalf of the exhibitors.
  • The UN Secretariat is not responsible for damage or loss of exhibition materials.
  • Exhibition organizers interested in hosting a reception to launch exhibitions can use caterers of their choice when hosting such reception outside UN official working hours (after 6 PM).
  • It is the responsibility of the exhibition organizers to make their own arrangements regarding ground passes according to the rules and procedures governing the Conference's accreditation and registration. A comprehensive guide on accreditation can be found on the Ocean Conference website, https://oceanconference.un.org.

Please click here to download the exhibition application form.

Outcomes

The Ocean Conference shall adopt:

  • "Call for Action" - A concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration by consensus. The deliberations will start in the preparatory meeting in February 2017. A draft will be presented by the co-facilitators no later than March 2017, with consultations to be concluded by May 2017
  • A report containing the co-chairs’ summaries of the partnership dialogues. The partnership dialogues will be multi-stakeholder and interactive. They will aim on strengthening cooperation, scaling up and replicating existing successful initiatives and launching concrete and new partnerships that will advance the implementation of SDG 14. Themes to be determined at preparatory meeting in February 2017
  • A list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14 to be announced at the Conference
Q & A
VISION FOR WAY AHEAD

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, 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, including Member States and the broader community. Towards achieving this objective, the Ocean Conference calls for the engagement of all relevant stakeholders, bringing together Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations, civil society, mayors, children, youth and others who will utilize this momentum to galvanize action-oriented partnerships at all levels – local, national and global - that provide lasting and long term solutions.

BACKGROUND & BASICS
  • Date and venue: 5-9 June 2017, New York, UN Headquarters. To be kick-started by World Environment Day (5 June) & integrate World Oceans Day celebration (8 June).
  • Theme: “Our oceans, our future: partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14”
  • Key objective: Support the implementation of SDG14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Format: 8 plenary meetings, 7 partnership dialogues, and a special event commemorating World Oceans Day.
  • Presidents of the Conference: Fiji and Sweden
  • Secretary-General of the Conference: Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations
  • Special advisor to the Presidents of the Conference on oceans and legal matters: Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel
  • Co-facilitators of the preparatory process: H.E. Mr. Álvaro Mendonçae Moura, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations, and H.E. Mr. Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations
  • Preparatory meeting: 15 - 16 February 2017, New York, UN Headquarters, stakeholders are welcome as observers
OUTCOMES
  • Political outcome: Call for Action - A concise, focused, intergovernmentally agreed declaration. The deliberations will start in the preparatory meeting in February 2017. A draft will be presented by the co-facilitators no later than March 2017, with consultations to be concluded by May 2017
  • Co-chairs’ summaries of the partnership dialogues: The partnership dialogues will be multi-stakeholder and interactive. They will aim on strengthening cooperation, scaling up and replicating existing successful initiatives and launching concrete and new partnerships that will advance the implementation of SDG14. Themes to be determined at preparatory meeting in February
  • Voluntary Commitments: Voluntary commitments for the implementation of SDG 14 will be announced at the Conference and online in advance of the Conference
OPPORTUNITIES
  • Raising Awareness: The Conference provides significant potential to raise awareness on the importance of the Ocean and implementing SDG14. Meaningful events that complement the Conference that enhance global attention and action are encouraged, including side events in the margins of the Conference and the preparatory meeting, media and social media engagement, such as the SDG media zone or press conferences and exhibitions at the United Nations during the conference.