Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnering for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14

June 5, 2017 - June 9, 2017
New York, U.N. HeadQuarters

The World Ocean Council (WOC) will be represented by its CEO (Paul Holthus) and its COO (Christine Valentin) at the U.N. Ocean Conference.

I. The Ocean Conference Side events

Please find below all the side events organized and co-organized by the WOC:

• 7 June, 9:00 – 10:30 AM, Room A
“The Ocean Business Community: Partnering for Implementation of SDG 14”
This is the main side event on the role of the private sector in implementing SDG 14.
Organizing Partners:
The World Ocean Council
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC – WBO)
UN Global Compact

• 8 June, 9:00 – 10:30 AM, Room B
“Financing Ocean Sustainable Development: The Investment Community and SDG 14”
This is the lead side event on the role of investment in advancing ocean sustainable development.
Organizing Partners:
The World Ocean Council

The reception “Celebrating Business Leadership in Ocean Conservation and Sustainable Development” is an invitation-only evening event on 7 June co-organized by the WOC, the International Conservation Caucus Foundation/Ocean Caucus, the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP), Vulcan, Kelley Drye and other corporate partners.
The COO and CEO of the WOC are also invited to speak in numerous side events among which:

• Live Stream Interview: 5 June, 1:30 – 1:50 PM, SDG Media Zone
“Public-private partnerships on ocean issues”
– Paul Holthus, President and CEO of World Ocean Council

– Lise Kingo, Executive Director of UN Global Compact

– Sturla Henriksen, CEO of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association

The SDG Media Zone is in the United Nations Correspondents Association Club on the 3rd floor of the UN Secretariat at the UN Headquarters.

• Speaker: 5 June, 3:00 – 4:30 PM, Room A
“The Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport (GPST): Maritime Transport and the future of the Sustainable Oceans Economy”
Organized by:
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport (GPST)

• Moderator: 6 June, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 12
“Swedish Initiative for Agenda 2030”
Organized by:
Zero Vision Tool
Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
Swedish Steel Producers’ Association
Swedish Forest Industries

• Speaker: 6 June, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Room B
“The Coral Triangle – Partnerships to achieve SDG14 (and more!!!) in the World’s Epicentre of Marine Biodiversity”.
Organized by: Government of Solomon Islands, Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries & Food Security, Coral Triangle Center, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, German Development Agency (GIZ), Asian Development Bank, Government of Australia, USAID, Global Environment Facility, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia.

• Speaker: 7 June, 9:00 – 10:30 AM, Room 6
“Joining hands to help achieve SDGs 6 and 14 – a win-win for freshwater and oceans”
The World Ocean Council

• Speaker: 8 June, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, off-site
High Level Exchange, “Pacific Leadership through Innovative Approaches to the Oceans Economy – Pacific 2050”.

II. The Ocean Conference Voluntary Commitments

The WOC is also engaged in Ocean Sustainable Development as a private sector stakeholder. In that perspective, the World Ocean Council registered 2 Voluntary Commitments to the Ocean Conference.

See WOC commitments for The Ocean Conference.

Global Industry Programs to Address Transboundary, Multi-Sectoral Ocean Pollution, including Plastics/Shipborne Wastes, Biofouling/Invasive Species, Marine Sound
Numerous marine pollution issues are global and cross-sectoral in nature, creating challenges in understanding and tackling them effectively. Key forms of transboundary, multi-sectoral marine pollution include: shipborne solid wastes (including plastics), invasive species from biofouling, and marine sound. An international, multi-industry and multi-stakeholder approach is needed to address these forms of global, transboundary, multi-sectoral pollution. [more]

Smart Ocean-Smart Industries: Engaging Industry in Improving Ocean, Weather and Climate Knowledge in Support of Sustainable Development and Disaster Reduction
The Smart Ocean-Smart Industries (SO-SI) Program is a major initiative to catalyze industry leadership in contributing to the long-term science and understanding of the ocean. The SO-SI Program will facilitate ocean industry efforts to collect and share data that: a) contributes to describing the status, trends and variability of ocean, weather and climate (including ocean acidification); and b) improves the understanding, modeling, forecasting, monitoring and management of ocean ecosystems, res…[more]

Developing SDG Targets and Indicators with and for the Ocean Business Community
The World Ocean Council (WOC) is working to develop SDG targets and indicators with and for the ocean business community, as announced at SOS 2016 and at the U.N. Ocean Conference PrepCom side event in Feb 2017. [more]