3 April: In light of the COVID19 pandemic and the proposed postponement of the 2020 UN Ocean Conference, the deadline for Member States' submission of inputs to the concept papers for Interactive Dialogues and their expressions of interest to co-chair them is now extended. A new deadline will be determined and communicated similarly, once the future dates of the Conference is set.
20 March: Portugal and Kenya, as Co-Hosts of the UN Ocean Conference, would like to inform Member States and all stakeholders that consultations with the United Nations are ongoing with a view to postponing the 2020 United Nations Ocean Conference to a later date, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates on this will be made available as soon as possible.
The co-hosts would like to reaffirm their unwavering commitment to the conservation and sustainable use of our Ocean, as well as their readiness to resume the logistical preparations as soon as possible. Meanwhile, substantial preparatory work should continue as feasible in the present circumstances.
Save our Ocean, Protect our Future
The 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.
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