1 Feb 2021: In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the co-hosts of the Conference Portugal and Kenya in consultation with President of the General Assembly have concluded that the UN Ocean Conference cannot take place in 2021.
In his briefing given to UN Member States on 21/1/21, the President of the General Assembly referred to the “need to maintain momentum on the implementation of SDG14,” saying that in this regard he was planning “to organise a High-Level event in the Summer of 2021, together with Portugal and Kenya, and with the support of the SG’s Special Envoy for the Ocean”. The President said that this meeting (likely in hybrid format) will be held “with a view to keeping momentum towards the 2nd UN Ocean Conference, which will take place next year in Lisbon as soon as public health conditions allow.”
Save our Ocean,
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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.
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