UN Ocean Conference
Lisbon, Portugal

Save our Ocean,
Protect our Future

The forthcoming Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is strengthening its efforts to mobilize, create and drive solutions to realize the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. As one of the first milestones of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ newly launched Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals, the Conference will propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.

More about the Conference



Our priority

UN Takes Ocean Action

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.  The overarching theme of the Conference is "Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions".

Photo: A piece of coral ready to form new reefs at Coral Vita. Photo by WeWork


Special Envoy for the Ocean

In 2017, the United Nations Secretary-General Guterres appointed Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji as his Special Envoy for the Ocean.

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Contribute to the concept papers on each of the themes for the eight interactive dialogues of the Conference.

UN Ocean Action Newsletter September 2020

September 2020: Biodiversity and the Ocean




Launch of the Global Mangrove Watch

This World Mangrove Day, the Global Mangrove Alliance and partners are launching the Global Mangrove Watch. The Global Mangrove Watch is the world’s most comprehensive mangrove monitoring tool: an online platform that provides synthesized remote sensing data...

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Webinar for Local and Regional Governments

In preparation to the Conference, UN DESA is organizing a “Keeping the Momentum for Ocean Action” webinar series to bring perspectives from stakeholders from different sectors and all regions of the world in support to SDG 14 implementation. 

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Ocean Innovation Hub

Join us in this inspiring virtual conference space to learn more and exchange ideas about the most important issues today facing our oceans. The full day experience will include discussions, films, music and photography exhibitions about the world's oceans. This event will be the grand finale for the UN...