Commit to SDG 14
The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments
Special event on the launch of the voluntary commitment process for the Ocean Conference
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Conference Room 3

Side Event

Organized by UN DESA as Secretariat of the Conference, in close collaboration with the Governments of Fiji and Sweden and UNDP

One of the outcomes of The Ocean Conference is a list of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14, to be announced at the Conference.

This special event marks the launch of The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments on SDG 14 by the Conference Secretariat (UN DESA). The event will demonstrate the online registration process, including with a few real examples of voluntary commitments that are being made. To be included in the final report of the Conference, voluntary commitments should be registered, or announced, by 9 June 2017.

The event will also include a brief overview of the Ocean Action Hub, a knowledge sharing web platform developed by UNDP that provides resources and opportunities for interaction around the globe to assist stakeholders get engaged on ocean action.

Moderator: Ms. Francella Strickland, Senior Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals Team, Office of the President of the General Assembly

Agenda
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM Opening remarks
  • Hon. Semi Koroilavesau, Minister for Fisheries of Fiji
  • Mr. Johannes Oljelund, Director-General for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
  • Mr. Juwang Zhu, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, UN DESA
1:30 PM - 1:40 PM Presentation - Mobilizing voluntary commitments: Why is this important? What is a voluntary commitment? Who can register?
Mr. Andrew Hudson, Head, Water & Ocean Governance Programme, UNDP
1:40 PM - 1:50 PM Presentation - The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments
Mr. Ola Goransson, Partnerships Coordinator, UN DESA
1:50 PM - 2.10 PM Showcase - Examples of Voluntary Commitments for SDG 14
2:10 PM - 2:30 PM Questions & Answers
More information
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 from 5 to 9 June 2017. The Conference will devote special attention to the health of our oceans and seas and advance implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

Outcomes of The Ocean Conference include:

  1. "Call for Action" - An intergovernmentally agreed declaration to be adopted by consensus
  2. Co-chairs' summaries of seven partnership dialogues
  3. List of voluntary commitments for the implementation of Goal 14

Voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference are initiatives voluntarily undertaken by Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international and regional financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors - individually or in partnership - that aim to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. Any voluntary commitments made within the framework of the 2030 Agenda targeting SDG 14 can be registered as voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference.

Stakeholders above are encouraged to register voluntary commitments in The Ocean Conference Registry of Commitments available on the Conference website that:

  • Advance implementation of SDG 14 and associated targets, reflecting inter-linkages between SDG 14 and other Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Respect principles of the United Nations and the legal framework in force for the oceans;
  • Build on existing successful efforts (scaling it up, new phase, etc.) or introduce a new one;
  • Include means of implementation - such as finance or capacity building - as an element to help ensure longevity and sustainability of the initiative;
  • Provide access to additional information on the commitments (e.g. website, contacts);
  • Follow SMART Criteria - a commitment that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Resource based, with Time-based deliverables.

Registration of voluntary commitments can be done online starting from 15 February 2017. Submissions may include commitments that have been made since the adoption of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (September 2015). Voluntary commitments may also be announced in the official meetings of the Conference.

A list of voluntary commitments will be produced at the end of the Conference for inclusion into the final report of the Conference. To be included in the list and the report, voluntary commitments should be registered online or announced at the Conference by 9 June 2017.

The Ocean Conference Registry of Commitments will remain open online after the Conference, with all the details of voluntary commitments publicly accessible.
Introduction
The Ocean 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.

Voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference are initiatives voluntarily undertaken by Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international and regional financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors - individually or in partnership - that aim to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. Any voluntary commitments made within the framework of the 2030 Agenda targeting SDG 14 can be registered as voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference.

All stakeholders are encouraged to register voluntary commitments geared at driving implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 and its associated targets, in The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments. A list of voluntary commitments will be produced at the end of the Conference, and be included in the report of the Conference.
Questions and Answers

1. What are voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference?

Voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference are initiatives voluntarily undertaken by all stakeholders - individually or in partnership - that aim to contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

2. Who can register voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference?

All stakeholders can register voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference, including Governments, the United Nations system, other intergovernmental organizations, international and regional financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors - individually or in partnership.

3. What are the criteria used?

Voluntary commitments that are being registered for The Ocean Conference are encouraged to:

  • Advance implementation of SDG 14 and associated targets, reflecting inter-linkages between SDG 14 and other Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Respect principles of the United Nations and the legal framework in force for the oceans;
  • Build on existing successful efforts (scaling it up, new phase, etc.) or introduce a new one;
  • Include means of implementation - such as finance or capacity building - as an element to help ensure longevity and sustainability of the initiative;
  • Provide access to additional information on the commitments (e.g. website, contacts);
  • Follow SMART Criteria - a commitment that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Resource based, with Time-based deliverables.

4. Our organization/entity has an existing voluntary commitment for SDG 14. Can it still be registered in The Ocean Conference Registry?

Yes. Submissions to The Ocean Conference Registry may include commitments that have been made since the adoption of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (September 2015).

5. What is the purpose of registering voluntary commitments for The Ocean Conference?

Member States have decided that a list of voluntary commitments will form a part of the official outcome of The Ocean Conference. A list of voluntary commitments will be produced at the end of the Conference for inclusion into the final report of the Conference, based on online registrations and those announced during the official proceedings of the Conference. The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments will provide a broad platform for facilitating information sharing, fostering collaboration among a range of stakeholders, assessing where implementation is taking place, provide gap analysis, and catalysing additional action to address challenges that oceans and seas are facing.

6. We already have a registered partnership or voluntary commitment in the Partnerships for SDGs online platform (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships), or in the SIDS Action Platform (http://www.sids2014.org/), but wish to commit to SDG 14 and The Ocean Conference. Do we need to register again at The Ocean Conference Registry?

If your existing initiative has a new commitment for SDG 14, you may update the existing initiative and add it to The Ocean Conference list of commitments directly, to avoid duplication. Please contact the Secretariat for assistance. Alternatively, you may register again directly in The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments

7. Where should we register our voluntary commitment?

The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments, and the online registration form, is available on Conference website at: https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/

8. When should we register our voluntary commitment?

The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments officially opened on 15 February 2017, and registrations can now be made online. To be included in the list and the report, voluntary commitments should be registered online, or announced at the Conference, by 9 June 2017. The Secretariat encourages voluntary commitments to be made early in the process, and will highlight registered voluntary commitments through its various outreach channels, including the Conference website.

9. What part of the information that we submit will appear publicly?

The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments relies on transparency by all parties, and therefore, all information submitted in the form will be made publicly available in the registry.

10. What will happen with The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments once the Conference has concluded?

The Ocean Conference Registry of Commitments will remain open online after the Conference, with all the details of voluntary commitments publicly accessible. The list of voluntary commitments will be part of the report of the Conference, which will be part of the United Nations Official Document System (ods.un.org), also publicly available.

11. We have registered our voluntary commitment in the online registration form. How long will it take before it appears in The Ocean Conference Registry of Voluntary Commitments?

The Secretariat of the Conference will perform an editorial review of the submission to ensure that it adheres to the established criteria (see above). If there are any missing elements, the Secretariat will contact you through email to follow up.

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