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
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Side Event

Government of Fiji, Government of Sweden and UN DESA

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

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Opening remarks
  • Mr. Johannes Oljelund, Director-General for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden
  • Representative from Fiji (tbc)
  • 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 Göransson, 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