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Celebrating One Year Anniversary of The Ocean Conference
The UN Ocean Conference, held at UN Headquarters in June 2017, brought together more than 4000 participants from governments, the UN system and other intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, academia, the scientific community and the private sector. The Conference resulted in a number of ambitious outcomes, including the adoption of the "Our Ocean, Our Future: Call for Action" declaration, co-chairs' summaries of the seven partnership dialogues that were held during the Conference, and over 1400 voluntary commitments made in support of SDG 14 by various stakeholders.

As reported in previous issues of the Ocean Action Newsletter, many important developments related to SDG 14 have taken place since June last year, including: the appointment of the UN Secretary-Generalís Special Envoy for the Ocean Mr. Peter Thomson; the launch of nine new Communities of Ocean Action to follow-up on the voluntary commitments on SDG 14; the proclamation of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development by the United Nations General Assembly; and the decision of the General Assembly to convene an Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ Intergovernmental Conference). View Ocean Action Anniversary issue
Celebrating World Oceans Day, 8 June 2018
The United Nations World Oceans Day Portal is your hub for information on all of the events that are happening near you on June 8th. Here you can follow major World Oceans Day initiatives and projects and learn more about our shared ocean through a wealth of resources available, like videos, photos, articles and even books. You can make your own pledge to protect the ocean for future generations and share on social media. And you can become a World Oceans Day champion by organizing your own events and activities. Make sure that you register your events so that others can see it and join in. The Portal is coordinated by UNESCOís Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS). The Portal has been developed thanks to the support of the SUEZ Group.
Communities of Ocean Action
Coral reefs
Implementation of international law as reflected in United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Marine and coastal ecosystems management
Marine pollution
Ocean acidification
Scientific knowledge, research capacity development and transfer of marine technology
Sustainable blue economy
Sustainable fisheries
Updates & New Voluntary Commitments
Progress update
Promote, sustainably use, and protect kadalamma-the Mother Sea-with indigenous fisherfolk, #OceanAction14351
Marine debris clean-up drive at Kovalam - A community participation\r\n\r\nKovalam stand apart with its unique feature of seabed composed of wide spread near inshore rocky reefs which extend up to seven kilometers. These rocky reefs accommodate flourishing mussel colonies which the local fishermen depends on. During the monsoon season nearby estu [more]
Progress update
Promote information and Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for the sustainability of small scale fisheries in the context of food security and poverty eradication., #OceanAction14945
CoopeSoliDar R.L together with the Marine Responsible Fishing Area Network has been carrying out actions towards the recognition of rights of fisher communities and mollusk gatherers in Costa Rica as well as strengthening their capacities towards the discussion related to marine conservation within others. Issues like non-formal productive activit [more]
Progress update
Care of the Oceans, #OceanAction21726
Sharing information on a weekly basis with our membership in over 70 countries around the world regarding plastic. On our Facebook group, people are posting those stories of action on plastic reduction.
Progress update
Sustained and integrated ocean observing and open data sharing, #OceanAction20820
Three of the four deliverables have been successfully completed: - 03/2018 Organization of European Ocean Observing Conference - Completed, see http://www.eoos-ocean.eu/eoos-forum-was-a-critical-step-to-move-forward-an-overview/. The European Ocean Observing community is further strengthening the outreach to the European Member and Associated S [more]
New Commitment
Blue Planning in Practice: Worldwide MSP training offer to enable ecosystem-based marine and coastal planning and management, #OceanAction25529
Capacity Development is a key element of the Blue Solutions Initiative. Through different formats and cooperation with various partner institutions, we seek to ... enhance capacities for scaling up success ... provide learning opportunities and trainings on Blue Solutions themes ... support policy processes to facilitate blue solutions. Co [more]
New Commitment
Paddling for a Cleaner ocean , #OceanAction25293
Lucy Graham and Mathilde Gordon set out to kayak over 2000km from Juneau (Alaska) to Vancouver Island (Canada) over 3 months to raise awareness about marine debris and promote women in adventure. The trip will take 3 months in total and they are doing it completely singe-use plastic-free. Marine debris is an issue that is affecting our oceans wo [more]
New Commitment
Stronger commitment to dolphin protection, #OceanAction24394
Hotelplan Suisse is strengthening its cooperation with the Swiss NGO OceanCare, with a particular focus on dolphin protection. The aim is to advise customers against visiting dolphinaria and swimming with dolphins by educating and raising awareness of the issue. Such activities will no longer be advertised. Hotelplan Suisse and OceanCare aim to ra [more]
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