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.

For the preliminary programme of side events please click here.

Please click here for the guidelines for organizers of side events.

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
List of Participants to the Conference

For the compilation of the List of Participants to the Conference, representatives of States participating in the Conference, the European Union, intergovernmental organizations and other entities with an office in New York, and specialized agencies and related organizations are kindly requested to communicate the composition of their delegations to the Secretariat starting from 30 May 2017.

Please be informed that the composition of delegation for the Conference should be submitted via the e-deleGATE electronic portal (https://delegate.un.int). Access to the Conference e-List of Participants will automatically be granted to users that already have access to the Protocol eAccreditation system and the General Assembly plenary e-speakers portal. Please be advised that the Conference e-List of Participants portal will be available from 30 May 2017 until 23 June 2017.

Additional questions regarding the Conference e-List of Participants should be directed to the Secretariat (Mr. Jonas von Freiesleben (e-mail freiesleben@un.org).

Representatives of intergovernmental organizations accredited to the Conference without an office in New York, associate members of regional commissions and United Nations organs are kindly requested to communicate the composition of their delegations to the Secretariat (Ms. Lourdes Quiogue (e-mail quiogue@un.org)).

Registration
Participation

Governmental and non-governmental stakeholders planning to participate in the Conference must be accredited to the United Nations for registering to this process.

The following participants may attend or be represented: States Members of the United Nations, members of specialized agencies and parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; intergovernmental organizations; associate members of regional commissions; United Nations system; non-governmental organizations and major groups as well as other relevant stakeholders; and Media.

States Members
Registration to the Conference (5-9 June 2017) (UNHQ, New York, USA):

Government officials, through their Permanent Missions to the United Nations in New York, should notify the United Nations Protocol and Liaison Service of their participation in the Conference. A letter signed by the head of chancery or an authorizing official with an official seal containing the names and functional titles of the delegation should be addressed to:

Mr. Peter Van Laere
Chief of Protocol
UN Protocol and Liaison Service
Att. Ms. Wai Tak Chua
Room S-0201
United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Fax + 1 (212) 963 1921
Email: unprotocol@un.org

United Nations grounds pass

To obtain UN grounds pass, permanent missions in New York may submit their requests via the online accreditation system “eAccreditation” at http://delegate.un.int. Information regarding the “eAccreditation” system can be found at http://www.un.int/protocol.

Deadline for registration to the Conference: Monday, 29 May 2017

Intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) and other entities
Registration to the preparatory meeting and the Conference

The Conference will be open to participation by the following accredited IGOs:

  • Those with observer status with the General Assembly
  • Those that were previously accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
  • Those that were accredited to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)
  • Those that were previously accredited to the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (Samoa)
  • Those that were previously accredited to the International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (Mauritius)
  • Those that were previously accredited to Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (Barbados)

Please click here to download a complete list of the IGOs that can participate in the Ocean Conference.

IGOs and entities already accredited

(A) United Nations accredited IGOs and entities with an office in New York may follow the same procedure for member States via the online accreditation system “eAccreditation” at http://delegate.un.int. They should also notify the United Nations Protocol and Liaison Service of their participation in the Conference. A letter signed by the head of the organization with an official seal containing the names and functional titles of the delegation should be sent to the Protocol and Liaison Service mentioned above.

(B) United Nations accredited IGOs and entities away from New York and already enrolled in the online accreditation system “eAccreditation” may follow the same procedure specified in (A) above.

(C) United Nations accredited IGOs without an office in New York should follow the procedure below:

  1. Submit a letter to the Chief of Protocol, stamped/sealed and signed by the head of the organization, with the names and functional titles of the delegation attending the meeting. In addition, the letter must include a name and an email address of the focal point of the organization handling the request. A copy of this letter should also be sent to the General Assembly Affairs Branch/ Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (Secretariat of the Conference, Att. Ms. Radhika Ochalik, email: ochalik@un.org).
  2. Attach an SG.6 form for each member of the delegation; (the SG.6 form can be found at http://www.un.int/protocol, under “Registration Process → Forms”)
  3. Send both (i) and (ii) to the Protocol and Liaison Service at Room S-0201, by fax to 1-212-963-1921 or by email to unprotocol@un.org.

The focal point will be notified of the accreditation approval(s) via email. The email is the actual approval notification, a hard copy of which must be presented together with a valid passport or government photo ID to the United Nations Pass and ID unit for the issuance of a UN grounds pass. The focal point must ensure that copies of the approval notifications be given to the participants before leaving for New York.

Deadline for registration to the Conference: Monday, 29 May 2017

Non-accredited IGOs

Other IGOs interested in obtaining an ad hoc accreditation for the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainable use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (5 to 9 June 2017) can submit an application addressed to the President of the General Assembly.

Interested IGOs are invited to send a letter from the head of the organization on official letterhead (with the original signature) addressed to the President of the General Assembly requesting for ad hoc accreditation to the Conference and describing the work of the organization related to the Conference objectives; provide copies of the organization’s establishing agreement (a formal treaty or other legal instrument); provide information on the membership of the organization; and submit the latest annual report.

Upon review of the applications by the Secretariat, the applications will be forwarded to the General Assembly for its consideration.

The letter addressed to the President of the General Assembly can be sent to:

Secretariat of the Conference
Ms. Radhika Ochalik
Email: ochalik[at]un.org

Kindly note that the deadline for ad hoc/special accreditation of IGOs closed on 15 May 2017. No applications can be accepted at this time.

Only after the approval by the General Assembly, the representatives of the newly accredited IGO will be issued a UN-ID Pass in accordance with the same procedures highlighted in para (C) for IGOs without an office in New York.

Deadline for registration to the Conference: Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Associate members of the regional commissions

Representatives of associate members of regional commissions (American Samoa, Anguilla, Aruba, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Curaçao, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Guam, Martinique, Montserrat, New Caledonia, Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United States Virgin Islands) are required to follow the same accreditation procedure highlighted in para (C) for IGOs without an office in New York, for issuance of UN-ID.

Deadline for registration to the Conference: Monday, 29 May 2017

United Nations system:

Registration to the preparatory meeting and the Conference

Specialised agencies and related organisations: The registration of the representative of the Specialised agencies and related organizations of the UN system (ILO, FAO, UNESCO, ICAO, WHO, World Bank, IMF, UPU, ITU, WMO, IMO, WIPO, IFAD, UNIDO, IAEA, WTO, UNWTO, CTBTO, ICC, OPCW, ISA, ITLOS and IOM) follows the same procedures as for states and IGOs and other entities with observer status with the General Assembly for both the preparatory meeting and the Conference (UNHQ, New York, USA).

Deadline for registration to the Conference: Monday, 29 May 2017

United Nations funds, programmes, regional commissions and other entities (UNAIDS, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNEP, UNFCCC, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNISDR, UNITAR, UNODC, UNOPS, UNRWA, UNU, UN-WOMEN,WFP, ECA, ECE, ECLAC, ESCAP, ESCWA, CBD, UNCCD)

Registration to the preparatory meeting and the Conference (UNHQ, New York, USA) will require a formal letter signed by entity’s Principal or designated official listing the member(s) of the delegation to be sent to:

Division for Sustainable Development/UNDESA
Ms. Federica Pietracci
Email: pietracci[at]un.org

A copy should also be sent to:
General Assembly and ECOSOC Affairs Division/DGACM
Secretariat of the Conference
Ms. Radhika Ochalik
Email: ochalik[at]un.org

Deadline for registration to the Conference: Monday, 29 May 2017

NGOs and other Major Groups organisations

Please click here for information on NGOs and other Major Groups organisations.

Media accreditation and services:

Media accreditation is strictly reserved for members of the press: print, photo, radio, television, film, news agencies, and online media who represent a bona fide media organization.

Missions in New York may submit requests for media accreditation, including for official photo and video, via the online accreditation system “eAccreditation” at http://delegate.un.int (please select Media from the Capacity pull down menu).

Media members wishing to apply on their own for accreditation should follow the instructions at http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/request.shtml

Photographers and camera operators will be escorted to various conference rooms from the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit's office, S-250.

Questions on media accreditation should be referred to malu@un.org or 212-963-6934

Venue

The Ocean Conference will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The United Nations Visitors Entrance is at 46th Street and 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10017. The United Nations Headquarters is located in the heart of New York City on 1st Avenue between 42nd and 48th Street.

United Nations location map at 42nd street and 1st ave

We would like to encourage all participants to use reusable bottles. Please click here to download a map of the UN building which includes Conference Rooms, bathrooms, water fountains and other facilities. All entrances, public restrooms, routes and exits are wheelchair accessible.

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.