Press Release: 80 commitments received to date

25 Apr 2017
A growing number of countries, businesses and civil society groups are stepping forward with new commitments to improve the health of the world’s oceans in advance of The Ocean Conference that will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5-9 June.

The Chairman´s Conclusions and Meeting Report of the Oceans Forum on Trade-related Aspects of SDG 14 are now available

24 Apr 2017
The Oceans Forum provided a platform for a dialogue on policies and actions on trade related aspects of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.

Morocco: A maritime fishing nation works to develop its aquaculture sector

13 Apr 2017
A recent meeting in Rabat, Morocco brought together government officials, industry and academia representatives and aquaculture officers from FAO in support to the development of aquaculture in the country.

Listen: World Ocean Festival will kick off major UN conference in June

11 Apr 2017
To kick-off a whole week of action devoted to the high seas in June at UN Headquarters, the organization will be joining forces with New York City in hosting the World Ocean Festival.

Making commitments to save our ocean

11 Apr 2017
Healthy oceans are critical for sustaining life, eliminating poverty and promoting prosperity. The time is now to move from words to actions to conserve and sustainably use our oceans, seas and marine resources.

UN announces first-ever World Ocean Festival

11 Apr 2017
The UN announced that the inaugural World Ocean Festival will kick off the week-long event, with activists and enthusiasts taking to the streets – and waterways – of New York City to raise their voices to reverse the declining health of our oceans

President of the UN General Assembly addresses Ocean Issues in Senegal

27 Mar 2017
The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Peter Thomson, met today in Dakar with the H.E. Oumar Gueye, Senegal’s Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Economy, to discuss Ocean issues.

Blog: treasure or tragedy – our ocean commons

23 Mar 2017
The sea was a bit too choppy for my liking. But there was a volcano erupting inland. The sea looked like a safer option! I took the plunge and jumped off the boat with my snorkel and fins.

Around me was a new world. So serene, so many layers...

Healthy oceans are needed for a sustainable future

20 Mar 2017
Yet mankind has put the oceans at risk of irreversible damage. Overfishing, ocean acidification, increasing pollution, unsustainable coastal development, and the unwanted impacts of extracting resources have resulted in a decreasing abundance of marine species as well as decreasing economic benefits to small island developing States and Least Developed Countries.

Blog: ocean acidification – what it means and how to stop it

14 Mar 2017
What is ocean acidification, and why is it so important to ocean sustainability and therefore to the SDG agenda?

New podcast: looking ahead to The Ocean Conference: safeguarding life below sea

23 Feb 2017
The Ocean Conference is being convened by the UN in June, as a call to action for Member States to conserve the world's seas, and advance Sustainable Development Goal 14, which focusses on safeguarding all marine life and ecosystems.

UNESCO proposes a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

07 Apr 2017
Our ocean is under pressure because of pollution, CO2 emissions, over-fishing, etc. There is one UN plan for the ocean (SDG14) but there are many stakeholders. They all need science to understand the impact of their activities on "our blue home".

Amb. Dessima Williams, Special Adviser at SIDS Preparatory Meeting for the Ocean Conference

30 Mar 2017
The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Preparatory Meeting for United Nations Ocean Conference on SDG 14 got underway in Jeju, South Korea this morning. Co-organized by the Division for Sustainable Development

The Ocean Conference will be a 'game changer' for the international community

22 Mar 2017
Ahead of the UN Ocean Conference in June 2017, UN chief of Economic and Social Affairs, Wu Hongbo says the Conference will be a ‘game changer’ and a chance for the international community to raise awareness about the importance of the oceans.

Ocean Conference – first step for governments to commit to save oceans by 2030

22 Mar 2017
Ahead of the first-ever UN conference on oceans, Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin says the international community should share knowledge, technology and support developing countries on issues related to oceans.

Register your voluntary commitment now!

11 Mar 2017
Peter Thomson, the President of the UN General Assembly, urges everyone - individuals, groups, organizations or governments - to register their voluntary commitments for the Ocean Conference

Clean Seas Campaign

22 Feb 2017
By 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in our oceans. UN Environment is launching the #CleanSeas campaign on February 23, 2017 to turn the tide on plastic. Visit for more information.

A Man-made Tragedy: The Overexploitation of Fish Stocks

21 Feb 2017
Fish is an invaluable resource for food security, export and income generation.

The world must 'take action fast' to safeguard the planet's oceans

16 Feb 2017
In preparation for a UN conference aiming to help safeguard the planet's oceans, the PGA said the world must take action fast and the June conference will be a ‘turning point’ in history for protecting the ocean.

The Ocean Conference

10 Feb 2017
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO is proud to support the UN Ocean Conference in New York from 5-9 June, 2017.

Why this Indonesian fisherman risked it all

16 Sep 2016
More than 70% of Indonesia’s coral reef is severely deteriorated due to human activity

Informal Briefing

13 Dec 2016
Click here to watch the informal briefing by the President of the General Assembly on the Ocean Conference

Panel Discussion on The Ocean Conference

15 Feb 2017
Ms. Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, moderates a Panel Discussion on The Ocean Conference

Press Conference in Marrakech

15 Nov 2016
Press Conference in Marrakech
Mar 2017 - Meeting to support Small island developing States in preparing for the Ocean Conference on SDG 14
15 Feb 2017 - Opening of the Preparatory Meeting
Pictures (1 February 2017)

Informal briefing by the co-facilitators on the preparations for the preparatory meeting for the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Presentation of the Secretary-General’s background note for the preparatory process of the UN Conference to support the implementation of SDG 14

The Ocean Conference announced at COP 22 of UNFCCC
Pictures of the Press Conference at COP22 in Marrakech

H.E. Mr Peter Thomson, President of the 71st session of the General Assembly

H.E. Mr. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji

H.E. Ms. Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate of Sweden, and Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Media accreditation

Guidelines for accredited media to the Ocean Conference and the preparatory meeting are available at